Roman W. Prezioso, Jr. is the son of the late Roman W. and Amelia A. Prezioso. He was born June 29, 1949 in Monongah, West Virginia. Senator Prezioso graduated from Fairmont State University in 1971, before heading to Morgantown, where he earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University in 1975. He also completed graduate hours at Marshall University and was given an Honorary Doctorate for Social Justice from Fairmont State University.
In addition to the time he has spent in the legislature, Prezioso spent 39 years as a West Virginia educator. He began his career with the Monongalia County Board of Education in 1971 as an Instructor of Machine Technology and Distributive Education Teacher. In 1978, Prezioso transitioned to roles in Marion County as Adult Education Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, where he remained until his retirement in 2010.
Senator Prezioso represents the 13th Senatorial District in West Virginia, which encompasses Marion and Monongalia Counties. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1988, where he served until 1996. During that time, Prezioso served as Chair of the House Committee on Education for the 72nd Legislature. Prior to that, he was Vice Chair of the House Education Committee during the 70th and 71st Legislatures. Prezioso also served as Vice Chair of the House Pensions and Retirement for the 71st and 73rd Legislatures.
In 1996, Prezioso began his tenure in the West Virginia Senate. Over the past 20 years, he has chaired the Finance Committee, in addition to serving on a wide range of committees, including Health and Human Resources, Banking and Insurance, Confirmations, Economic Development, Natural Resources, Rules and the Joint Committee on Government and Finance. During the 74th Legislature, Senator Prezioso was the Senate Military Chair. He was also the Chairman for the Committee on Health and Human Resources in the 75th through 79th Legislatures.
Senator Prezioso resides in Fairmont with his wife, Deborah. They have one son, Christopher, who is an attorney in Wheeling.