Rodney Pyles has served the West Virginia House of Delegates’ 51st District since 2016, but has had a long career in public service.
Born and raised in Morgantown, Rodney attended public schools and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from West Virginia University. After a teaching stint at Alderson-Broaddus College, he worked as an assistant curator in the historical collection at WVU and was then appointed director of archives and history by Governor Rockefeller, where he served until 1985. In 1988, he was elected assessor of Monongalia County and served in that position until 2012.
In the House of Delegates, Rodney has fought for women, veterans, senior citizens, working families, and small businesses in West Virginia. He sponsored a successful bill that exempted Social Security from West Virginia state income taxes, and a bill that increased the tax credit for historic preservation. Always concerned with women’s needs, Rodney also sponsored a successful bill to allow women to purchase a 12-month supply of contraceptive drugs.
Thanks to Rodney’s history in public service, he is a font of knowledge about our state’s government and history, knowledge he is always willing to share with colleagues and constituents. Rodney is an invaluable member of our legislative team.