West Virginia House of Delegates
Jill Upson represents the 65th Delegate District in West Virginia. She holds the distinction of being the first black Republican woman elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in the state’s history.@Upson4WV
Jill Upson was elected in November 2014 to represent Jefferson County’s 65th Delegate District in West Virginia. As a business major and former retail manager, Jill ran for public office to help revitalize West Virginia’s business climate in order to spur job growth.
In her freshman term as a legislator, Jill served on two major House committees and four minor committees. She was also named Chairman of the Women’s Caucus, Chairman of the Minority Caucus, and served as Vice Chair of Education Subcommittee B.
In 2014, she was also elected as a member of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee. She is a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the all women’s shooting club, The Well Armed Woman.
In 2012, she was identified by Black Entertainment Television (BET), as one of the “Top 12 Republicans To Watch”. This year, Newsmax included her on its 2015 list of “100 Most Influential African-American Republicans”.
Jill holds the distinction of being the first black Republican woman elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in the state’s history She is married to retired Navy Commander, Kelvin Upson and has one adult son.