Talley Sergent is a native, sixth generation West Virginian who, as a candidate for U.S. Congress in West Virginia’s Second District, led the charge for a better West Virginia as a new generation of Mountaineers take the baton and step forward to lead our state toward a brighter future.
Talley doesn’t believe our work ends with one election or one campaign. That’s why she’s committed to building on the core values – honesty, hard work and humility – instilled in her by her grandparents who were part of America’s Greatest Generation.
Talley Sergent is the third of six children and the daughter of a West Virginia public school teacher. While her story starts in Huntington, West Virginia, she currently lives in the state’s capital city of Charleston. After graduating from Huntington High School in 1998, she worked her way through college – on Pell Grants, student loans, work study, and church scholarships – and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Talley has worked in the public and private sectors and built a career focused on service. She got her start serving the people of West Virginia as a press aide to former U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller. She went on to serve the American people as a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State, where she focused on combatting human trafficking and empowering women and girls. She served communities for good around the globe at The Coca-Cola Company. Talley currently works with foundations and non-profit organizations, with a focus on supporting efforts to close the economic gaps between the Heartland States and the Coastal States. In 2018, she was named a “West Virginia Wonder Woman” by WV Living and in 2017 was named one of FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women – Next Generation.
Always on the go, Talley has been a sports enthusiast since she was a little kid. A former first-team West Virginia All-State soccer player, Talley loves to compete, especially as she runs the city streets and country roads of West Virginia and works to improve her run times. She cheers for the Mountaineers, the Thundering Herd and her alma mater, the North Carolina Tar Heels. For fun, she and her better half Patrick enjoy hikes in West Virginia’s parks with their dog Chunk as well as a friendly round of golf now and again.
A first-time candidate in the 2018 election, Talley took on the Washington establishment and national politicians to win the May Democratic primary by 25 points – even after she was outspent 2:1. She went on to outperform every Democratic congressional candidate – even without national support – in West Virginia’s Second District. 2018 will serve as a strong foundation as Talley Sergent looks to serve her beloved home state in the future.
Contact Talley: firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 131 – Charleston, WV 25321