Linda Lou Underwood-Klopp

Updated: February 17, 2008


Classmate Linda Lou is to Raleigh County, what the Energizer Bunny is to Eveready Batteries. She keeps going to work at the courthouse, and going to attend to details at various committee meetings and going to participate on a local government board of directors, all for the expressed purpose of making Raleigh County, West Virginia a better place in which to live.

Linda started working for Senator Robert C. Byrd during her high school senior year. Upon graduation, she accepted a transfer to Sen. Byrd’s office in Washington, D.C. Later, she moved to Rep. Tom Foley’s office. Rep. Foley represented a district in the State of Washington and served as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

During 1980, she returned to Crab Orchard, West Virginia as Linda Lou Underwood-Klopp, a single mother with a ten-year old daughter, Jennifer and a five-year old son, Andrew, in tow. She found employment with the Raleigh County Commissioners, later moving to the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. From there she accepted a position as a deputy clerk in the County Clerk’s Office where she remains. Linda currently has no thoughts of retirement.

Further commitments to public service include:

  • active membership and past secretary of the Raleigh County League of Democratic Women,
  • serving 12 years as a volunteer EMT on the Sophia Area Volunteer Fire Department,
  • past secretary of the Raleigh County Ambulance Authority,
  • current treasurer of AFSCME West Virginia Council 77 Local Union 3226, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO serving Fayette, Raleigh and Summers Counties,
  • more than 20 years as an elected member of the Raleigh County Democratic Executive Committee
  • being named Raleigh County Democrat of the Year on October 31, 2000.
  • and holds one of three seats on the WWHS Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund Committee.

Still Linda has found time for more. While serving as treasurer and on the board of directors of the Raleigh County Emergency Operations Center she led an effort to get full funding for the new EOC facility that opened in June, 2007. The new center is nothing short of awesome and has set the standard for all other counties in the state of West Virginia to achieve. If you visit the center, one of the first things they will want you to know is that the facility is fully paid for. No debt to burden the taxpayers of Raleigh County is attached. That was no accident. It was Linda Lou Underwood-Klopp in action.

However, with all of these accomplishments on her resume if you ask Linda what her most important accomplishment is, she will tell you raising her two children.