About Marshall

As a combat veteran retired US Army Infantry Officer with 20 years of military service, I know what it is to achieve critical objectives at great cost and to live a life of dedicated service. West Virginians need a principled, service-oriented, combat-ready governor to take charge of the government, to subdue it to the Constitution, and dedicate it to serve each Mountaineer.

I am that man.

My intent as your Governor is to ensure that my children can raise their children in a free, just, prosperous, and secure land. Success in that intent will ensure that opportunity to your children as well. I need your help to make that happen because You, the People, hold all the power in West Virginia. According to the WV Constitution paragraph 2-2, “The powers of government reside in all the citizens of the state, and can be rightfully exercised only in accordance with their will and appointment.”

I know economic despair. I lived for two years in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle among some of the most economically depressed people in the world and returned to the United States as the single father of nine children. I understand the governmental systems that impede economic growth, and I can see the strategic points at which those impediments can be removed. In removing those impediments, we will allow innovating West Virginians to start and grow businesses which will offer economic opportunity to other West Virginians. This is the first step in our rise to economic freedom and prosperity.

We, the People, are the solution. Government exists only to uphold our Natural Rights while we make it happen.

The West Virginia Constitution can be found here:

http://wvlegislature.gov/WVCODE/WV_CON.cfm

Biography

I was born in the Summer of ‘69 to USMC Lance Corporal Steve Wilson and Dianne (Melton) Wilson at Parris Island Naval Air Station near Beaufort, South Carolina. Due to Dad’s work as a Marine and then as a pastor, we lived at different times in Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina.

 

Upon graduation from high school, I enlisted into the Army National Guard as a medic, enrolled at Louisiana State University, and entered the Reserve Officers Training Corps to earn a Regular Army Commission as Second Lieutenant of Infantry. I graduated from LSU, earned my commission as an officer, and was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas for four years. 

 

I completed my four-year commitment and earned an honorable discharge then studied and worked to become a missionary. I performed my missionary service in the jungles of Peru, where I adopted two of my nine children. After returning to the US, I joined the Louisiana National Guard and taught ROTC at LSU.

 

Later, I was assigned as a plans officer to the team responsible for writing Louisiana’s All Hazard Operations Plan based on lessons learned during the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Shortly after completing those plans, we executed them during the response to Hurricane Gustav in 2008.

 

Next, I was assigned to command A Company (Sappers) of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Special Troops Battalion. Our brigade was mobilized for deployment to Iraq and our unit was attached to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in support of allied special operations in Iraq. At the end of our deployment, we returned to the United States with all assigned Soldiers, a Meritorious Unit Citation, and a number of individual decorations for valor and service.

 

Shortly after I returned from Iraq, I married the formidable Julie Barr who, at that time, lived in Martinsburg, WV. I moved from Louisiana to West Virginia and we bought a home in Back Creek Valley. After settling in and getting to know our neighbors, we engaged in grassroots politics which led to my first run for political office in 2016.

 

I won the primary by a slim margin and the general by a large one with no resources besides a compelling message, the help of some good friends, and my wife’s approval. Since then, I have stood firmly in the West Virginia Legislature for constitutional governance and individual Natural Rights even when it cost me votes, committee assignments, and the chairmanship of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.

 

In 2018, I ran for re-election against an experienced and capable primary challenger and returned to the House to uphold the principles I had stated on the day I first announced my candidacy – constitutional governance and individual Natural Rights. 

 

It has become evident to me that West Virginians need and deserve a Governor who has laid his life on the line to uphold and defend the individual Natural Rights of others and will continue to do so to his last breath. I meet that criterion and I have an extensive background in organizational leadership and operational planning which has compelled me to volunteer for this mission to become Governor of West Virginia and establish constitutional governance which upholds the individual Natural Rights of each citizen.

Resume

West Virginia State Legislature
Legislator – State Delegate for West Virginia District 60
2017 - Present

Committee Service:

  • Veterans Affairs (Chairman) and Homeland Security - **I was removed from this position as punishment for leaving the Republican Party to better serve Constitutional principles.

  • Education Reform - C (Vice-Chairman)

  • Judiciary- **I was removed from this position as punishment for leaving the Republican Party to better serve Constitutional principles.

  • Health and Human Resources

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Political Subdivisions

Maryland Army National Guard - Retired
Various Positions in Plans, and Operations 2011-2019

  • Planned, resourced, and supervised execution of all training and operations at Brigade, Battalion, and Detachment levels.

  • Wrote the Standard Operations Procedures for Maryland’s Joint Operations Center for All Hazards Operations.

Louisiana Army National Guard
Commander Company A (Sapper), 256 Special Troops Battalion 2009-2011

  • Trained and led a 131-man Sapper Company (+) attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq Joint Operations Area (CJSOTF-I) during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

Assistant Professor of Military Science – Louisiana State University 2008

  • Taught twenty Army Cadets Organizational Leadership and Military History.

 

PIONEERS International
Church Planting Team Leader – Amazonia (Iquitos, Peru) 2005-2007

  • Developed vision, coordinated with local church and government leaders, taught, in Spanish, college-level theology and leadership.

 

 

LANGUAGES
English – Native Language
Spanish – Read, write, and speak fluently


EDUCATION

  • The Institute of World Politics May 2020

    • MA National Security

  • US Army Command and General Staff College Apr 2017

    • ILE-Common Core

  • US Army Maneuver Captains Career Course Feb 2008

  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Aug 1992

    • BA in General Studies

    • Commissioned into the Regular Army as an Infantry Lieutenant


AWARDS

  • Bronze Star Medal (Service)

  • Meritorious Service Medal

  • Army Commendation Medal (3d Award)

  • Army Achievement Medal (3d Award)

  • Humanitarian Service Medal (2d Award)

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