<h2><a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/baldwin-sworn-wv-house\/baldwin-swearing-in\/" rel="attachment wp-att-23587"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-23587" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/12\/Baldwin-swearing-in-1-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" \/><\/a><\/h2>\r\n<h2>On Sunday, Dec. 4, Stephen Baldwin was sworn in to the WV House of Delegates. Justice Robin Davis administered the oath on the floor of the House chamber in the capitol building as Baldwin\u2019s family surrounded him in support.<\/h2>\r\nHe was emotional thinking back to his first visit to the capitol as an elementary school student. \u201cI\u2019ve always dreamed of being able to help our state in this way, and now to have that opportunity is an awesome, humbling responsibility,\u201d he said.\r\nBaldwin was the top vote-getter in the Nov. 8 election, receiving 7,422 votes. He ran a positive, issue-focused campaign. He made waves by being the only candidate in the state to refuse all special interest money. He was also one of the few Democrats to win on election night.\r\nAsked why that was the case, Baldwin said, \u201cBecause around here we vote for the person we trust to do the job. We want leaders who share our values, are involved in our community, and work hard to find solutions to problems. We are West Virginians first.\u201d\r\nBaldwin will serve alongside returning incumbent Delegate George \u201cBoogie\u201d Ambler. He looks forward to the opportunity. \u201cBoogie is a personable guy who works hard for his constituents. We\u2019ll work together well,\u201d Baldwin said.\r\nThe night of his swearing in, Baldwin spent time with outgoing Delegate Ray Canterbury at the capitol. Baldwin spoke highly of him. \u201cRay is a neighbor and a friend. He has been an absolute gentleman in this transition process. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his years of service to the valley.\u201d\r\nBaldwin is pastor of Ronceverte Presbyterian Church and will continue his church service. This winter, the legislative session officially begins on Feb. 8, 2017. Baldwin plans to hold community forums in late January to learn how he can help local folks as a legislator this session.