Hilary is a native of Preston County, West Virginia, having grown up raising cattle and pigs on her family’s farm. Following in the family tradition, Hilary also showed animals at the annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival first as a junior livestock exhibitor and then returning after high school to show cattle with her family and friends. While attending Preston High School, Hilary was a state champion in Track & Field and also helped to win two state cross country runner-up titles. After graduating from Preston in 2007, Hilary attended Alderson-Broaddus University where she competed as a Division II athlete in cross country and track. Also while attending A-B, Hilary was President of the Outdoor Club, President of the Student Alumni Association and also on the executive board of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) where her team advanced to the national SIFE competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from A-B summa cum laude in 2011 with degrees in Political Science and History. After graduating, Hilary entered West Virginia University College of Law. While at the College of Law, Hilary was a member of the Moot Court Team, that National Lugar Trial Team coached and sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson, and Jessup, an international law moot court team. Hilary’s Jessup team was the winner of the best brief in the region and advanced to the International rounds in Washington, D.C., where her team competed against school from around the world. Hilary graduated from WVU College of Law in 2014 and was nominated into the Order of the Barristers.
Hilary and her husband Matt currently reside in Preston County with their dog, Jackson. She enjoys running, working out, baking, canning, showing cattle, and taking Jackson swimming and for long walks.