About Chris Stansbury

A Brighter, Healthier Future for West Virginia

Chris Stansbury, Republican candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates, District 35, is an optometrist, small business owner, father, lifelong West Virginian and a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

West Virginia Values

Born and raised in Charleston, Chris grew up to love the Kanawha valley and the all-American way of life in West Virginia.  Educated from kindergarten through high school in the the Kanawha County public school system, Chris went on to attend WVU and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology before graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.  Growing up in Charleston, Chris was an Eagle Scout and played in the George Washington High School Band.  Chris’ strong work ethic is rooted in his West Virginia values, which meant learning the value of a dollar and to never take anything for granted.

His first jobs included working as a paperboy and mowing lawns during Junior High, and he went on to hold a variety of jobs from being employed as a bike mechanic at South Hills Ski & Bike to working as a laborer for a home contractor and getting experience in the natural gas industry with Ashland Oil by mowing well locations, working as a rig hand, stringing pipe, fixing leaks and learning to weld.

These experiences and his West Virginia values have contributed to Chris’ success today as a small business owner in the town he grew up in.  Chris and his wife of twenty years, Amber, live in the house his grandparents built in 1959 south of Charleston with their two young sons Grant and Reed.

Job Creator and Small Businessman

Today, Chris is a successful local Optometrist and an owner of West Virginia Eye Consultants, an eye care practice that provides patients with optometry and ophthalmology services at seven locations in southern West Virginia.  Chris and his partner, a fellow George Washington High School graduate, opened WV Eye Consultants together in February of 2011.  Since opening the doors , they’ve successfully created a large patient referral network, merged with another Charleston eye care practice, built a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art office in Charleston and opened six more locations (Beckley, Ripley, Point Pleasant, St. Albans, Belle, and Madison).  West Virginia Eye Consultants cares for thousands of West Virginians every year and currently employs over 50 people.

Chris equally understands the obstacles, and positive opportunities, that come with starting a small business in West Virginia.  His experience in opening a health care practice, expanding the business to multiple locations and creating jobs for West Virginians have given him a very unique lens through which to observe the business environment in the city and state.

As a result of his own real-life experiences, Chris can speak about the importance of conservative public policies – like lower taxes and less red tape – that will encourage other local West Virginians and out-of-state employers to look at the 35th district as an opportunity to open doors to their own businesses.

A Healthier West Virginia

A practicing optometrist for the last 17 years, Chris is reminded nearly every day of the need to continue to work to improve West Virginia’s health care system as well as the need to increase awareness in regards to making healthier lifestyle decisions as a community.  While many of his patients come in for routine check ups, an increasing number are coming in with serious, and often preventable, eye diseases.

Chris’ experience as a doctor and eye care practitioner will allow him to play an influential, and informed role, in public policy discussions related to local and state health care matters.  As an optometrist, Chris is equipped with both the knowledge and compassion to communicate the need make improvements as a community and state to embrace preventative practices, make healthier lifestyle choices and increase access and affordability through free market policies to health care as a whole.

A Brighter Future for our Children

Born and raised in Charleston, Chris grew up to love the Kanawha valley and the all-American way of life in West Virginia.  Educated from kindergarten through high school in the the Kanawha County public school system, Chris went on to attend WVU and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology before graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. 

 

 

Growing up in Charleston, Chris was an Eagle Scout and played in the George Washington High School Band.  Chris’ strong work ethic is rooted in his West Virginia values, which meant learning the value of a dollar and to never take anything for granted.

His first jobs included working as a paperboy and mowing lawns during Junior High, and he went on to hold a variety of jobs from being employed as a bike mechanic at South Hills Ski & Bike to working as a laborer for a home contractor and getting experience in the natural gas industry with Ashland Oil by mowing well locations, working as a rig hand, stringing pipe, fixing leaks and learning to weld.

These experiences and his West Virginia values have contributed to Chris’ success today as a small business owner in the town he grew up in.  Chris and his wife of fifteen years, Amber, live in the house his grandparents built in 1959 south of Charleston with their two young sons Grant and Reed.

The Stansbury Family

Chris and Amber are members of the Bible Center Church where Chris serves as a Deacon.  Chris also serves the Union Mission by performing examinations and providing free glasses to men and women who are enrolled in their addiction recovery program.  An avid outdoorsman, Chris and his family enjoy outdoor activities together such as camping, hiking and kayaking.  A staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, Chris is a life member of the NRA and enjoys hunting and recreational shooting.

Service in the West Virginia House of Delegates

Chris was first elected to the House in 2014.  He served on the Health, Government Organization, Political Subdivisions and Small Business committees.  While in the House, Chris focused on increasing government transparency, improving the health of West Virginians, creating a business-friendly environment in the Mountain State and dealing with the drug addiction epidemic.  Chris was also the founding member and inaugural co-chair of the West Virginia Sportsmen’s Caucus, which has been working to improve hunting, fishing and outdoors opportunities across the state.