CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Republican Party says former U.S. Rep. Mick Staton, a Parkersburg native, died at age 74.
W.Va. GOP chairman Conrad Lucas says Staton died Monday.
Lucas says Staton's health had been declining and he entered the intensive care unit at a hospital in Winchester, Va., last Thursday.
Staton served one term in Congress from 1981 to 1983. He lost a re-election bid to Democrat Bob Wise, who later became governor.
Congressional records show Staton had been living in Inwood.
He attended Concord College, now Concord University, and served eight years in the Army National Guard. Staton attended multiple state GOP conventions and one Republican National Convention as a delegate.
Staton served as vice president of Kanawha Valley Bank and as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's chief political adviser.
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Rep. David B. McKinley released the following statement:
“Mary and I are saddened to learn of the death of Mick Staton, who served our great state honorably in Congress and in private life. Mick was a trailblazer of the conservative movement in West Virginia, and proved that conservatives could win in the Mountain State. He was a true leader and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mick’s wife Lynn and his entire family.”
West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas released the following statement:
"Today we join West Virginians everywhere in mourning the passing of the Honorable David 'Mick' Staton. Congressman Staton was a distinguished leader for the West Virginia Republican Party and waged many difficult and challenging fights for our conservative principles.
Congressman Staton was a lifelong West Virginian who held a big place in his heart for the people of this great State. His devotion to public service stands as a testament to his dedication to all West Virginians. Congressman Staton was a trailblazer for the Republican movement and the State of West Virginia is better because of Congressman Staton's service.
Last year Congressman Staton served as a presidential elector for West Virginia and just last month, the West Virginia Republican Party named Congressman Staton as one of only five emeritus members to our state executive committee.
Mick Staton was a dear friend to all West Virginians and a Mountaineer in the truest of forms who will be deeply missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lynn and their family. I pray that God will bless Mick Staton and may he rest in peace. "
U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito released the following statement:
“Mick was a true friend, a kind man, and most importantly, a great husband and father. He and his wife, Lynn, shared a true partnership in life, giving them the faith and support to persevere through his difficult health challenges. Mick Staton served the people of West Virginia well during his years in Congress, and I will miss his bright smile, quick wit, and warm friendship. I offer my deepest condolences to Lynn, their children, and his extended family and friends.”