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West Union Parade on Friday night.  Ahead of our Mustang convertible is Congressman

Congressman Nick Rahall
Third Congressional District of West Virginia

Congressman Nick Rahall, of the Third Congressional District of West Virginia,  is currently serving his 15th term in the United States House of Representatives.

Congressman Nick Rahall has helped form national policies relating to transportation, infrastructure, energy, and the environment.   Rahall is the Ranking Democratic Member on the Committee on Resources, and the second senior Democrat on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.   Rahall was a key architect in the formulation of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (known as TEA 21), which established the Rahall Transportation Institute (RTI), a consortium of five Southern West Virginia colleges, housed at Marshall University.  RTI’s stated mission is “Building Jobs through Transportation” for West Virginia.

Rahall is responsible for many U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control and related projects in WV, and is a tireless fighter for the Appalachian Regional Commission, black lung benefits, veteran’s benefits, and mine health and safety issues.  He is dedicated to promoting high technology development in WV as well as being the author of the 1978 legislation, which established the New River Gorge National River as a unit of the National Park System in southern West Virginia. Ten years later he gained enactment of legislation to designate the Gauley River National Recreation Area and the Bluestone National Scenic River, in the process creating the largest network of federally protected rivers in the eastern United States. Rahall legislation also established the National Coal Heritage Area in 11 southern West Virginia counties.

A 33rd degree Mason, the Congressman is a life member of the National Rifle Association, Elks, Moose, and the NAACP, and was made an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America in 2003.. Before his election to the Congress, Rahall served as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, and as a businessman. Congressman Rahall has three children: Rebecca, Nick Joe, III and Suzanne Nicole. Congressman Rahall is married to the former Melinda Ross of Ashland, Kentucky.

Congressman Rahall is honoring the Town of West Union by presiding over the cutting of the Town's birthday cake at 3:00 PM at the Stuart Mansion.  The cake will serve 2,000, and all are welcome.