Former West Virginia State Senator Sue Cline (R-Wyoming County) has passed away at the age of 75, just days before the New Year.
Cline was an important figure in the West Virginia Republican Party and played a crucial role in swinging the state’s power balance from blue to red in 2016.
Cline would serve her first term in office before being primaried in the 2020 election by Senator David “Bugs” Stover. Cline’s passing shocked many and, unfortunately, it seems that her death was unexpected.
West Virginia Senate President Craig Blair issued a statement on Cline’s death saying, “I was shocked to learn this morning of the passing of former Senator Sue Cline. Sue was one of the most dedicated members I have ever served with in the West Virginia Legislature. She was a fighter and a tireless advocate for the families of her district. Her love of her state and her country were second to none. My thoughts and prayers are with her family as they remember and celebrate her life in the coming days.”
Cline was not only an influential figure but also a universally respected figure.
Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin (D-Greenbrier) issued a statement saying, “I was heartbroken to learn of the death of our former colleague, Senator Sue Cline, this morning, On behalf of our Democratic caucus, we express our sincere condolences to Sue’s family, friends, and colleagues. I served with Sue for three years and enjoyed getting to know her. She was straightforward, passionate about helping southern West Virginia, and immensely proud of her family. We worked together on a flood relief issue a few years ago, and I saw what a fierce advocate she was for her region. She will be missed, and we thank God for her service to the state of West Virginia.”
Sue Cline will indeed be missed, but her memory will live on not only through her family, but also the people of West Virginia that she worked so hard to help.