CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) — Kathie Hess Crouse became the newest member of the West Virginia House of Delegates when she was sworn in by House Clerk and former Delegate Steve Harrison.
Hess Crouse stood with her husband Marc, her parents, Linda and Roger, daughter Willow and two of her sons, Patrick and Chase.
Hess Crouse, a Republican from Buffalo, will represent the 13th District to complete the unexpired term of former Delegate Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam. The district currently includes parts of Putnam, Mason and Jackson counties.
Higginbotham earlier announced his resignation from the House seat, saying he will run for State Senate next year. Hess Crouse was selected by Governor Jim Justice to complete Higginbotham’s term, which ends next year.
Ironically, Hess Crouse lost to Higginbotham in the 2016 Republican primary. In that race, with two candidates nominated, Higginbotham and incumbent Michael Ihle defeated Amanda Cadle, Hess Crouse and Robert Marchal.
She campaigned for State Senate in 2020, losing to incumbent Democrat Glenn Jeffries. Hess Crouse is known as a far right-wing Republican conservative although she has admitted there’s “some libertarian sprinkled in.”
Hess Crouse is a Charleston native and graduated from West Virginia State University with an associate degree in science and a bachelor’s degree in biology. She spent time as an analytical technician at Dow Chemical as well as a microbiologist and mycologist for the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Putnam County and stays active with the West Virginia Home Educators Association along with the Charleston High School All Class Reunion committee.
Today, she thanked the friends and family members who joined her in the House Chamber as she took the oath and asked for prayers for her family as they embark on this new chapter in their lives.