|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from West Virginia's 3rd district
January 3, 1981 - January 3, 1983
|John G. Hutchinson|
David Michael Staton
February 11, 1940
Parkersburg, West Virginia
|Died||April 14, 2014 (aged 74)|
|Alma mater||Concord University|
|Branch/service||Army National Guard|
|Years of service||1957-1965|
Staton was born in Parkersburg, a city in Wood County, West Virginia. He was a 1958 graduate of Parkersburg High School. He studied at Concord College in Athens, West Virginia, from 1961 until 1963. From 1957 to 1965, he served in the Army National Guard.
Staton served as the data processing manager and, later, vice president at Kanawha Valley Bank in Charleston, where he worked from 1972 until 1980.
Staton was active in West Virginia's Republican Party. He served as State Republican Conventions delegate in 1976 and 1980 and was a delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention. He was unsuccessful in his first bid for Congress, in 1978, when he lost to longtime 3rd Congressional District incumbent John M. Slack, Jr.. However, Staton was elected to the House of Representatives from the district in 1980, when he defeated democratic incumbent Democrat John G. Hutchinson, who was elected in the special election after Slack's death. Staton served in the House for a single term (1981-1983). He was defeated for re-election in 1982 by future Governor Bob Wise.
After losing his seat in the House of Representatives, Staton served as chief political advisor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1984 until 1990. Staton served as an elector for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in 2012.