An ASCE member will be among the freshman members of the House when the 112th U.S. Congress takes its seats in January. David McKinley, 63, M.ASCE, was elected to the House from West Virginia's First District. The lifelong Wheeling resident earned a bachelor's of science in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1969. He founded McKinley and Associates in 1981, an engineering and architectural services firm with offices in Wheeling, Charleston, W.Va., and Washington, Pa.
A candidate's profile of McKinley by CQ Roll Call describes him as "an engineer first and a politician second. He opposed a bill to increase the weight limit of trucks on state highways, which had been backed by the coal industry. Although McKinley considered himself a friend of coal, the civil engineer in him was certain that raising the weight limit would simply be too destructive to West Virginia's roadways."
McKinley had a lengthy tenure in the state's Legislature, including a run as the head of the state's Republican Party, and sought the party nomination for governor in 1996 before withdrawing from politics for 15 years. In Congress, McKinley has said he would like to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
• Read McKinley's official biography, from his campaign website
• See the CQ Roll Call candidate profile
• Learn about McKinley & Associates from the firm's official site