Giving the invocation at a session of the West Virginia House of Delegates
Larry D. Kump is a man of modest means, personal integrity, independence, and insight. He is a fighter for our individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment; as well as for rock solid government fiscal discipline and safeguarding our family values.
Moreover, the principles and practice of transparency and accountability in government also are near and dear to his heart.
This Falling Waters resident came out of early retirement in 2010 to further serve the public as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, through the end of 2014. In his last year of office, seventy-five other Delegates, from both political parties, cosponsored legislation with him.
He has over forty years of prior legislative and public administration skills and experience.
Kump’s skills and experience includes management expertise in managing large budgets and meeting payrolls. His expertise is on both management and the employees’ side of the table, and in multiple jurisdictions throughout our nation. He also has drafted and gotten legislation passed into law, often against formidable opposition.
No stranger to hard work, he began earning a living at age twelve (managing two morning newspaper routes at the same time), worked full-time at a local shoe store at age 16 (every day after school and on Saturdays), and then continued working at a number of full and part-time jobs to pay for his college education. He even found time to be a local radio personality.
After graduating from High School as a National Merit Scholar, this proud father of David & Sarah graduated from Frostburg State University (FSU) with a Political Science Major and an Economics Minor. Other areas of concentration included Social Science, Business Administration, Philosophy, and Geography. He later returned to Hagerstown Community College (HCC) to finalize another degree, with a concentration in Criminal Justice. At HCC, he was editor of the campus newspaper and President of the College Republicans. Later, FSU awarded Kump an Alumni Achievement Award and HCC further recognized him with a Community Contribution Citation.
Upon graduating from college, he worked in bank management, went on from there to a regional Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm, was the Legislative Aide for the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Leader, and was a candidate for MENSA membership.
This grass roots community leader then was a Labor Relations Specialist for the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA), an independent public employee advocate organization.
After working for MCEA, Larry accepted the position as the Executive Director of the Indiana State Employees Association (ISEA), another independent public employee advocate group. He reorganized ISEA’s structure and budget, and frequently lectured at Indiana University and Purdue University post graduate classes, on public administration and labor relations.
This kinsman to founding father Patrick Henry and former West Virginia Governor Herman Guy Kump (1932 term) served as Regional President of the Assembly of Governmental Employees (AGE), overseeing public policy advocacy issues from Illinois to West Virginia. He was commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky as an honorary Kentucky Colonel and published in “Who’s Who”.
His other activities included serving as a leader in the Foundation for Advancement for Industrial Research (FAIR), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, Purdue University’s Economic Education Council, the Council on Aging, Indiana University Labor Research Committee, and numerous other public service organizations. These activities and community services included being an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the Better Business Bureau.
Moving to West Virginia in 1989, he was an Honors Graduate of the Maryland Correctional Professional Staff Academy and worked as a Maryland Prison Case Manager. Kump also served as a expert court witness, employee training coordinator, cognitive development instructor, employee critical incident stress counselor, and certified mediator. He even worked part-time, during the evenings, as a sex offender group therapy facilitator.
Serving in numerous local and statewide public employee organization elected offices, Larry drafted legislative proposals for the Maryland Legislature and provided expert testimony to its committees.
In 1991, he organized a coalition of Berkeley County neighbors and blocked plans for open sewage discharge (effluent) across residential properties by an out-of-state developer.
In 1993, and after witnessing the overwhelmed facilities and woefully inadequate parking at the local Falling Waters Post Office, he persuaded national postal authorities to build a new Falling Waters Post Office.
Kump is a member of the National Rifle Association, Farm Bureau, Eastern Panhandle Business Association, Falling Waters Battlefield Association, Friends of the North Berkeley Library, West Virginia Citizens Defense League, and the American Legion.
A survivor of three previous diagnoses of terminal cancer, this independent thinker and advocate of citizen empowerment is a High Priest in the Hedgesville Ward (congregation) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Gravely concerned about those who are elected to represent us, Larry frequently reminds friends and associates that our government is owned by our citizens, and not the other way around.
He also emphasizes that our American Excellence springs forth from our divinely inspired Constitution.
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