West Virginia House Member Announces Resignation

Sep 2, 2017

Rep. Nancy Foster (R)
Credit Courtesy / West Virginia House of Delegates

A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates says she is resigning to tend to her family and her business.According to a release, House Delegate Nancy Reagan Foster announced Sept. 1 that she is stepping down.

“After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to resign my seat in the House of Delegates,” Foster said in a release. “As a business owner, mother, grandmother and public servant, I’ve tried to balance time spent focused on my public and personal life. Unfortunately, at this time, I don’t feel I’m able to fulfill my business and family obligations while also devoting the time needed to effectively represent the people of my district.”

Delegate Foster served on the Judiciary, Industry and Labor, and Small Business and Economic Development committees during her time as a member of the House of Delegates.

The Putnam County Republican beat out Democratic candidate Tom Tull in the 2016 election.

District 38 includes portions of Putnam and Kanawha counties.

Foster is the second representative to leave an open seat after Republican state Sen. Mike Hall left to serve as Gov. Jim Justice's chief of staff. Her district's Republican executive committee will have 15 days to nominate three potential replacements. Justice will pick one of the three to take over.

According to a Gazette-Mail profile of Foster and her husband, Ronald Reagan Foster, the two changed their names in 2012 to honor former President Ronald Reagan.

House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said in a release that he respects her decision.

“Nancy has been a strong advocate for bold, conservative changes in our state, and I will miss her passion in the Legislature,” Speaker Armstead said. “While I’m sad to see her leave, I respect her decision to do what she feels is in the best interest of the people of her district.”

The district’s Republican executive committee will have 15 days from Delegate Foster’s resignation to submit to Gov. Jim Justice the names of three potential replacements to serve out the rest of her term. Upon receiving that list, the Governor will have five days to appoint a replacement.