Delegate Steve Westfall, R-Jackson, has been named “State Legislator of the Year” by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), the organization recently announced.

The organization’s board of directors selected Delegate Westfall “for his leadership in promoting and protecting competitive insurance markets.”

Westfall, who has been a State Fare insurance Agent in Ripley for almost 40 years, is honored to receive this recognition. According to him, having received this title out of all 50 states is a humbling experience.

“I’m honored to receive the ‘State Legislator of the Year’ award from NAMIC,” Delegate Westfall said. “Working with NAMIC the last several years has helped West Virginia maintain a strong and competitive insurance market. I look forward to working with them on future legislation.”

In their press release announcing the honor, NAMIC said Delegate Westfall “has been the leading voice on insurance issues in the state and beyond.”

“As the chairman of the House Insurance Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee, he has driven a number of key insurance and judiciary reforms to increase the competitiveness of West Virginia’s insurance market, leading to more choices and lower prices for the state’s consumers,” the organization said.

Westfall admits insurance was not a career he had originally imagined. Graduating from Glenville State College with a degree in education, he taught school in Braxton County for three years. Recognizing that teaching was not what he felt led to do the rest of his life, he was given an opportunity to apply for an insurance agent position. Receiving three offers, Westfall decided to accept the best offer and make the move from Braxton County to Ripley.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Westfall said.

Dec. 1, 2020, will make 40 years he has been an agent at State Farm Insurance in his Ripley location.

In addition to working with NAMIC, Delegate Westfall is also an active member of the National Council of Insurance Legislators, where he serves on the Property and Casualty Committee.

Westfall and his wife Libby reside in Jackson County with their five children.