A week after winning the election for the Senate presidency, Senate President Jeff Kessler announced Monday that he’s not shaking up the leadership team he had under his tenure as acting Senate President.
From a press release announcing the decision:
“Over the last year, the members of my leadership team have proven to be capable and hardworking,” says Kessler. “They have demonstrated their willingness to work with me in any capacity and participate in open and frank discussions to move West Virginia forward.”
President Kessler says it’s imperative that the Senate focus its attention on developing sound legislation to ensure West Virginia’s success. “I am confident that given our successes over the past year, we can continue to work toward building a better future.”
The central leadership team consists of: President Pro Tempore Joe Minard, D-Harrison (who replaced Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, after McCabe went public with his intentions to seek the presidency); Majority Leader John Unger D-Berkeley; and Sen. Richard Browning, D-Wyoming, as Majority Whip.
The major committee chairmen in the Senate remained the same: Judiciary Committee Chairman Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha; Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion; Government Organization Chairman Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson; Health & Human Resources Chairman Ron Stollings, D-Boone; Education Chairman Robert Plymale, D-Wayne.