Jake Reger, who currently serves as prosecuting attorney for Upshur County, has announced his candidacy for judge for the 26th Judicial Circuit which consists of Lewis and Upshur counties.
Reger, a Republican, was first elected prosecuting attorney for Upshur County in 2004. He was re-elected prosecuting attorney in 2008 and 2012.
Reger was born and raised in Upshur County. He is the son of Helen and the late John S. Reger. He attended public schools in Upshur County, graduating from Buckhannon Upshur High School in 1978. Reger graduated from West Virginia University in 1982, earning a degree in Business Administration. He graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in 1992 and is a 1996 graduate of the National College of District Attorneys Career Prosecutor Course.
Reger served as assistant prosecutor in Upshur County from 1993-1998. During that time, he also served as special prosecutor for Lewis County.
He served as director of the West Virginia Fraud and Investigations Unit for the Bureau of Employment Programs from 1998-2002. In that capacity, he served as an assistant prosecutor in Kanawha County to prosecute Workers' Compensation Fraud.
Reger also served as a special assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of West Virginia for the same purpose. From 2002 until 2005, Reger operated his own law office in Buckhannon where he was engaged in the general practice of law.
He and his wife, Beverley, reside in Upshur County. He currently serves as president of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney's Association. Reger has served as a member of the board of directors of the Upshur County Senior Center since 2005. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Buckhannon.