About Barbara


Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer is the longest-serving female who is currently a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. She is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and the WVU College of Law.  Barbara lives on the Evans family farm just outside of Morgantown with her husband, WVU Law Professor Bob Bastress.  They have two adult children, Rob and Sarah, and two grandchildren, Arlo and Della.

She has passed many important bills affecting women, children, veterans and disabled West Virginians.


She has been Chair, Vice Chair or Joint Co-Chair of the House Constitutional Revision Committee, the Select Committee on Children, Joint Veterans Affairs, and the House Health and Human Resources Committee. She currently serves as Minority Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and she is a member of the following House Committees: Rules, Health and Human Resources, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, Senior Issues, and the Rule-Making Review Committee.

In 2014, Delegate Fleischauer sponsored nearly one-third of the House bills that became law. She is known as one of the hardest working Delegates, passing hundreds of bills to aid her community and state during her tenure in the West Virginia Legislature. 

Barbara is a member of and has served as a leader in local, state and national organizations. She was raised in and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Because of her legislative and community service, Delegate Fleischauer has been the recipient of numerous awards.

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