CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) – Delegate Sharon Malcolm passed away earlier today. She died peacefully in her sleep sometime before 11:45 this morning according to Tim Morris, a friend and coworker. Delegate Malcolm was first sworn in to represent the 39th District on March 30, 2018, having been appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to fill a vacancy in the office. She was re-elected to a full term later that year.
House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, today issued the following statement on the passing of Delegate Malcolm:
“It is with great shock and sadness that we mourn the sudden loss of Delegate Malcolm,” Speaker Hanshaw said. “Sharon was a fierce public servant, who passionately stood in defense of the principles she held dear. On behalf of her friends and colleagues in the House, Kirsten and I extend our deepest prayers and sympathies to Sharon’s family and friends in this time of grief.”
Prior to being a delegate, Malcolm had the distinction of being the first female Assistant Doorkeeper for the West Virginia House of Delegates, and later served as the first female Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for the West Virginia Senate.
A former state employee, Malcolm was a mother, grandmother and long-time resident of Kanawha County.
Arrangements are currently pending with Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston.