GOP says former US Rep. Mick Staton has died

CHARLESTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Mick Staton died Monday, a West Virginia Republican Party official said. Staton was 74.

Staton’s health had been declining and he entered the intensive care unit at a hospital in Winchester, Va., last Thursday, said W.Va. GOP chairman Conrad Lucas.

“Congressman Staton was a lifelong West Virginian who held a big place in his heart for the people of this great State,” Lucas said in a news release. “His devotion to public service stands as a testament to his dedication to all West Virginians.”

Staton served one term in Congress from 1981 to 1983. The Parkersburg native 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 the 1980 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.

More recently, Staton was the Berkeley County GOP chairman from 2007 to 2012.

Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito called Staton a true friend and a great husband and father.

“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,” Capito said in a news release.

Staton is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lynn, two adult children and five grandchildren.

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