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Patricia Puertas Rucker (R - Jefferson, 16)


Capitol Office:
Room 213W, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7957

PO Box 507
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
District Phone: (304) 279-1619

Patricia Puertas Rucker Biography

Date of Birth: April 27th, 1974

Education: B.A. - History, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.)

Occupation: Home Schooling Mother

Spouse: James M. Rucker Jr.

Children: Catherine, Ambrose, Gregory, Xavier, Teresa

Religion: St. James the Greater Catholic Church

Town of Birth: Caracas, Venezuela

Affiliations: Member, Farm Bureau; Eastern Panhandle Business Association; Gateway Republican Women; 4-H; WV4Life-Jefferson County chapter; Iron Lady Award from the American Legislative Exchange Council; Champion of Free Enterprise awardee from the WV Chamber of Commerce; Executive Committee, Women in Government; Executive Committee, American Legislative Exchange Council; co-founder and former president of We the People of West Virginia-Jefferson County


CHAIR: School Choice
Health and Human Resources
Outdoor Recreation

CHAIR: Minority Issues
Agriculture and Rural Development
Children and Families
Workforce Development and Labor Issues

DISTRICT 16 (2010 Districts)

District Counties: Berkeley (part), Jefferson



Senator Rucker was the Lead Sponsor of 49 bills
SB 146Creating adult education taskforceSigned
SB 147Adding definition of “ammunition” for purposes of obtaining state license to carry concealed deadly weaponSigned
SB 151Clarifying terms and offense of human smugglingPendingJudiciary
SB 192Relating to administration of anestheticsPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 223Prohibiting laws requiring person to receive or use medical productsPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 236Requiring coverage of treatment for certain pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders in certain circumstancesPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 243Requiring moment of silence at beginning of each school dayPendingEducation
SB 244Clarifying residency requirements for voter registrationPendingJudiciary
SB 267Adding grievance and appellate procedures for individuals participating in DMV safety and treatment programPendingFinance
SB 277Requiring notice be sent to owners of record before real property can be sold due to nonpayment of taxesPending
SB 278WV Chemical Abortion Prohibition ActPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 279Requiring medical professionals to report injuries and side effects from vaccines to Bureau for Public HealthPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 293Creating the Glucagon for Schools ActPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 311Requiring certain insurance companies provide coverage for non-stress fetal testsPendingBanking and Insurance
SB 315Exempting ad valorem property tax on property used for divine worship, educational, and charitable purposesPendingFinance
SB 320Removing requirement for wineries to serve food when serving winePendingGovernment Organization
SB 339Increasing penalties for operating house of prostitutionPendingJudiciary
SB 352Modifying Unborn Child Protection ActPending
SB 396Allowing reimbursement for remote ultrasound procedures and fetal nonstress testsPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 468Requiring course in public schools on human developmentPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 471Maintaining DNA data for law-enforcement purposesPendingJudiciary
SB 487Requiring periodic review of professional development for teachers and education staffSigned
SB 512Clarifying non-agricultural status of solar farmsPendingFinance
SB 513Changing distribution of income from excess lottery fundPendingFinance
SB 530Removing requirement for counties to draft and adopt zoning ordinancesSigned
SB 531Allowing charter schools to charge Hope Scholarship students for classes Pending
SB 545Creating E-cigarette and E-cigarette Liquid DirectoryPending
SB 561Reducing number of days required for certain educators to apply for full-time employment PendingEducation
SB 592Authorizing DMV to provide images to Secretary of State for voter identification purposesPending
SB 593Prohibiting ranked choice votingPendingJudiciary
SB 594Modifying appropriation requirements of certain economic development funds Pending
SB 598Relating generally to Hope Scholarship ProgramPendingFinance
SB 612 Establishing criminal offense for crimes against public justice workersPendingJudiciary
SB 620Establishing WV Mothers and Babies Pregnancy Support ProgramPendingFinance
SB 690Establishing WV Agritourism CommissionSigned
SB 711Clarifying that qualified law enforcement from any federal agency may enforce state laws under limited circumstancesPendingJudiciary
SB 723Creating Unmatched Medical Graduate Advisory CouncilPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 735Prohibiting use or sale of abortifacients in WVPendingJudiciary
SB 748Providing license for certified professional midwifePendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 749WV Legal Tender ActPendingBanking and Insurance
SB 759Requiring transportation companies to provide annual human trafficking awareness training to employeesPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 761Providing greater access to unused buildings for public charter schoolsPending
SB 785Allowing Foster Care Ombudsman access to child protective recordsPending
SB 786Relating to massage therapy establishmentsSigned
SB 821Establishing criminal penalties for abuse or neglect of incapacitated adultsPendingJudiciary
SB 847Providing for expungement of criminal records for certain defendantsPendingJudiciary
SB 853Requiring Fire Commission promulgate standards for propane tank installation in certain homesPending
SB 860Creating alternative high-risk population public charter schoolsPendingFinance
SB 870Restoring Sanity ActPendingJudiciary

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