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Sam Petsonk Seeking West Virginia AG Position

Sam Petsonk, the Democratic nominee for West Virginia Attorney General, is a labor lawyer who has dedicated his career to ensuring better wages, working conditions, and retirement benefits for coal

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miners and all workers – recovering millions of dollars in judgments against some of the most powerful companies in the state.

After securing the party’s nomination in June, Petsonk is going head to head with incumbent and former pharmaceutical company lobbyist Patrick Morrisey in November.

In 2018, Patrick Morrisey signed on to a partisan lawsuit that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act without any replacement, despite the critical importance of healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. If the lawsuit is successful, 162,000 West Virginians could lose coverage, leading to a 176% increase in the uninsured rate. Not only that, but roughly 720,000 non-elderly West Virginians (about half the non-elderly population) suffer from a pre-existing condition that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to obtain insurance coverage in the open market without the protections established by the ACA. 

Expanding healthcare coverage should be the top priority for West Virginia’s Attorney General - and it will be under Attorney General Petsonk. As a labor lawyer who has fought to secure healthcare protections for West Virginia workers, Petsonk knows first-hand how instrumental the Affordable Care Act has been in expanding coverage to those without insurance. West Virginians deserve an Attorney General who will fight to protect every West Virginian’s access to affordable health care, not someone who will play politics with their lives. 

Healthcare will be one of the most pressing issues on the ballot in November, and because of this, we believe this race is a race to watch. 

Sam Petsonk is the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in West Virginia. Sam is a ninth-generation West Virginian and former legislative assistant to the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. In his law practice, Sam focuses on labor and employment law, workplace safety and health, black lung benefits, retirees’ rights, the rights of people in recovery, and class action lawsuits to assist workers following layoffs.

Sam is the past president of the West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association, and founded and led the Miner Safety and Health Project at Mountain State Justice, an organization providing legal advocacy on behalf of low-income West Virginians. Sam graduated from Washington & Lee University School of Law. For more information or for press inquiries please email