MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia 1st District Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.) confirms he is “seriously considering” a run for the Republican nomination for governor in 2016.

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1st District Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.)

“We’re giving that a lot of consideration,” McKinley said on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

“Just a lot of facts have to come into play, (like) whether we can be of more service in the federal government or back here at the state. We don’t know.”

McKinley was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010 when he flipped a seat that, since 1969, had been a solid one for Democrats — with both Robert Mollohan and his son, Alan, representing West Virginia’s 1st District in Washington, D.C.

McKinley is a past chair of the West Virginia Republican Party who has previously run for governor.

In the 1996 Republican gubernatorial primary election, Cecil Underwood beat McKinley and Jon McBride in the Republican primary election. Underwood went on to win the November general election that year.

McKinley, a Wheeling native, began his 3rd term in the U.S. House this past January. With a background in professional engineering, he serves on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

As of now, McKinley is not ruling out another term on Capitol Hill.

“We’re doing fact-finding,” he said. “At this point in my life, I’m not looking for another career. I’m trying to find out — what’s the best way that we can help turn this economy around? I’m tired of West Virginia always being last in all these numbers.”

The 2016 primary election in West Virginia is scheduled for May 10 of next year. The general election will be held on Nov. 8, 2016.

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  • JTC

    After being one of the most ineffective congressman in WV history, I would love to vote against him once again.

  • Hold on

    Hold on Hillbilly, didn't you know Manchin has a few more Friends and Family he needs to give jobs to.

  • 2nd look

    Manchin is in the same position as McKinley. He could run and retain his seat in Congress. However, it would be more damaging to the Democratic party (and any political future he may have) if Manchin ran and lost. Manchin would have effectively wiped out any and all other potential leaders in the Democratic party in the process.

    • Wirerowe

      Senator Manchin would not have to give up his seat to run for Governor in 2016. His term ends in 2018. Congressman McKinley would have to give up his seat to run in 2016because his term ends in 2016. Both will be a little too old form me in 2016. We need new bllod.

    • Mike

      I dont think Machin could win his seat again as U.S Senator due to his refusal to repeal the disastrous Obamacare legislation. He should just retire at the end of his term in 2018 and save face. Do not feel he could make it again as governor either, West Virginians are to upset with him.

  • 2nd look

    McKinley would have the least to lose. He could stay in the House even if he lost. Only his pride could be hurt.

    • 2nd look

      Let me correct myself. McKinley would have to give up his seat to run.

  • Paco

    I hope de McKinley don't take away de Medicaid de orange ray tomblin gave to de paco

  • 2nd look

    Sounds like Morrisey, McKinley and Cole (and possibly others) may all want to grab for the same brass ring.

    Political power and ambition is hard to shake once you get a taste.

    If their ambitions exceed their reach, they could all be sitting on the sidelines after the election.

    Go for it...

    • AJ

      Their arrogance will do them in. Perfect opportunity for the Dems to finish them and take back control. Deal with it Righties. It's a war now Right vs Left. No one spared.

  • WV Common Tater

    Despite the negative comments, his Wiki Bio shows him to be an intelligent, educated achiever and a thinker who is not afraid to go against the party line. And I don't know the man but he could make a good Governor.

  • Voter

    Booth Goodwin...Really?

    • UsuallyRight

      Booth Goodwin is setting himself up to run and telling people he will. He would be a formidable candidate and will be the go to person once Joe Manchin decides to stay in the Senate.

  • Little Gary

    Probably a better opportunity for him. He can put more money in his pocket locally than he can nationally.

  • rick

    He will get a chance to show what a clueless blowhard he is.

  • Ravenswood

    McKinley is a brainless tea party repub who has zero chance of winning statewide race. Booth Goodwin would make an excellent governor. He is cleaning up corruption in southern WV and is holding Blankenship responsible for his actions on mine safety.

    • AJ

      I'm on #TeamKessler. McKinley, Morrissey, and Cole should be NOWHERE NEAR THE GOVERNOR'S SEAT. McKinley is a teabagger wannabe.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    2016 will be a fascinating time politically in West Va .

  • Normin Alaskerette

    If he runs, he wins...

  • hillbilly

    Sounds like Manchin... has not been getting his way in DC so he wants to come back here, where he did.

  • Just say no!

    Please don't let this happen. It will surely be an end to West Virginia.

    • AJ

      Same thing said if Morrissey and Cole both run (and they will).