Graduated from Ripley High School in 1992. Earned Masters in History and Political Science at Marshall, Doctorate in history at West Virginia University. Taught history in college for 10 years, five of them at Potomac State. Served as Director of Academic Programs for the National Journalism Center in Washington DC for three years. Have presented at the Society of Military History, the Virginia Forum, and elsewhere and have had work published in the Journal of the Alleghenies, Human Events, the State Journal, Jackson View, Town Hall, Daily Caller, and Gate House Media newspapers. I currently am Eastern Panhandle Director for Congressman Alex Mooney based in Martinsburg. Dr. Smoot is married, has two children, and lives in Keyser.
David B. McKinley, P.E. began his tenure in Congress on January 3, 2011, when he was sworn in to represent the First District of West Virginia.
David is a proud, seventh generation West Virginian and a native of Wheeling. After graduating from Purdue University’s civil engineering school, he worked in the construction industry as a professional engineer.
As a successful former small businessman, David established McKinley and Associates — an architectural and engineering firm — that includes offices in Wheeling and Charleston, W.Va. and Washington, PA. Over the 44 years that David owned his business, he created hundreds of jobs and understands the vital role small businesses plays in creating private sector jobs and strengthening the economy. He was recognized, twice, by West Virginia Executive Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in West Virginia.
David was elected to the U.S. House of