West Virginia's 1st District
Natalie Cline was born on March 12, 1981 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Natalie, a West Virginia native, is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. Her parents, Robert and Deborah, have both had successful careers as small business owners. Robert Cline owns one of the largest wholesale travel agencies on the east coast including operations in West Virginia, which continue to this day. Deborah Cline owned a small women’s boutique for almost 20 years. Natalie’s parents instilled in her the values of strong work ethic, education and family values. Growing up with grandfathers who both worked at American Cyanamid, she recalls that they were not only hard working and proud, but they earned a living wage and received appropriate benefits. The state was primarily Democratic back then, pro-union, pro-teacher and pro-West Virginia values.
Natalie grew up in Williamstown, West Virginia. She graduated from Williamstown High School in 1999. Natalie is a graduate of West Liberty University, Salem International University and West Virginia University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in International Studies in 2005, Master of Business Administration in International Business in 2009, and a Master of Arts in Linguistics in 2013 respectively. After earning two Master’s degrees from universities in West Virginia, Natalie and her husband Jason, relocated to the DC metro area where they continued their educational goals and their careers. After the birth of their son, Teddy, they chose to return to their West Virginia roots to instill in him the same values and experiences that they had enjoyed growing up in West Virginia.
Natalie currently telecommutes as a Computational Linguist for a software company based in Herndon, Virginia. She also has taught at both West Virginia University and George Mason University, and has worked as a Computational Linguist since 2015. Her love of her state and family is what brought her back to West Virginia.
Natalie believes that her candidacy adds to the growing desire of West Virginians to return to their previously Democratic roots where creating good paying jobs was the priority, becoming competitive, and having a U.S. Congresswoman who will advocate for their interests at the national level to bring home federal dollars.
Natalie is running to bring new leadership to Congress at a time when West Virginia is demanding that leadership work together, solve critical challenges and create opportunities for the people of West Virginia. Natalie, her husband Jason, and their son Teddy live in Wheeling, West Virginia.