|Preceded by Cleve Benedict|
Political party Democratic Party
Parents Harley Orrin Staggers
Party Democratic Party
Name Harley Staggers,
Succeeded by Bob Wise
|Full Name Harley Orrin Staggers, Jr.|
Born February 22, 1951 (age 64) Washington, D.C. (1951-02-22)
Relations Harley Orrin Staggers, Sr. (father) Margaret Anne Staggers (sister)
Alma mater Harvard University (B.A.) West Virginia University College of Law (J.D.)
Residence Keyser, West Virginia, United States
Education West Virginia University College of Law, Harvard University
Harley Orrin "Buckey" Staggers Jr. (born February 22, 1951) is a Democratic U.S. politician. He graduated from Harvard University and the West Virginia University College of Law, served as an assistant West Virginia Attorney General, served one term in the West Virginia Senate, and served five terms in the United States House of Representatives.
Life and career
Staggers was born in Washington, D.C. His father, Harley Staggers Sr., was a Democratic Congressman from West Virginia from 1949 until 1981, when he declined to run for a seventeenth term.
After Staggers (Senior)'s Republican successor, Cleve Benedict, gave up his seat after one term to run against Senator Robert Byrd, Harley Staggers Jr. ran for the seat and won. He was reelected four more times.
Harley Staggers Jr. lost his seat after West Virginia lost one congressional seat following the 1990 Census. Most of his former 2nd District's territory was merged with the Charleston-based 3rd District of fellow Democrat Bob Wise to form a new 2nd District. However, his home in Mineral County was drawn into the 1st District, represented by fellow Democrat Alan Mollohan. Staggers opted to challenge Mollohan in the Democratic primary, and was soundly defeated.
Staggers currently practices law in Keyser, West Virginia with his brother, Daniel C. Staggers.