JUST IN: West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Announces Run For Governor (2024)

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) announced his run for governor on Tuesday.

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I want to thank everyone here, hang on it looks like our mic went out over here.

You know what, unfortunately I don't have a problem speaking with a loud voice.

What a warm welcome for one of your own.

Are you ready, Eastern Panhandle for a big announcement? Let's be so energized to be with you with I see so many people around the room who stood with me when I first ran for attorney general in 2012 and you've stayed with me as we thought and won for West Virginia and we'll never let you down now special thanks today to my wife, Denise.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Everyone who knocked on the door made a phone call wrote a check and defended me along the way.

Thank you thanks, Jim and Gary, and Ann and Elliot and Lynn and Eric and Patricia, and so many others who are here today.

I come before you with a very clear purpose: I'm seeking the Republican nomination for governor of West Virginia.

Make no mistake about it.

We are going to win improving conservative in this race, with the Deep record of fighting and winning against the political Elites successfully defending our West Virginia values and accomplishing the big things West Virginia's care about.

Yes, sir.

Yes, sir, as Governor I'll protect our jobs, I'll fight to put more money in your pockets, we're going to advance educational excellence in a way you've never seen before super Patrol, economic and Workforce growth and we're going to defend families from the ravages of drugs and the woke anti-freedom forces of Washington DC or the swamps of Charleston I'll have your back and we will uphold conservative values down on us.

I'll stand up to them and I'll tell them what West Virginia is all about.

That's good, West Virginia is worth fighting deep and abiding passion for West Virginia I've, always viewed those who've known me for a while I say: West Virginia is that shining state in the mountains.

We have the most amazing people, a natural landscape and a beauty.

That's Second, To None, a strategic location, we're within 10 hours of 180 million people.

That's a lot of opportunity for our goods and services.

We have a low cost of living and far less crime than other states in a bounty of Natural Resources, which can help power.

The energy needs of America in the 21st century, but let's be clear.

West Virginia also has many challenges through Decades of mismanagement, West Virginia labored under the failed big government and anti-freedom policies to put the political Elites first and the people last right right.

That set us on a course for shrinking population, the lowest Workforce participation rate in the nation, a lower standard of living than all the states that we touch a crumbling infrastructure and an educational system that left so many of our kids Behind.

Now, in recent years, some of your elected officials in the Republican Party have been working to change that and we're beginning to see some positive trend lines.

Lower taxes.

A lot of new business starts, which is great educational, Choice, the first truly comprehensive plan for attacking the drug epidemic.

Some really really good stuff.

West Virginia is on the rise, and we are grateful for the folks who are helping turn our state around.

But we need to take this to the next level in 2020.

Today, I stand before you as the only proven conservative in this race who has worked on lead and won on the most critical challenges facing our state.

Now others are going to profess their aspirations and goals, but I'm the only one in this race who knows what it takes to deliver on the big projects that move the needle.

We also know how to drain the swamp shampoo of my record serving you, the people of West Virginia, as attorney general I, took on the federal government whenever it threatened our jobs and our way of life, and we won yeah Instagram and then press an apply them.

Try to shut down our energy jobs in West, Virginia I stood up and I said no I led two massive State coalitions against Obama and Biden.

That went all the way up to the U.S Supreme Court and we won both times that most recent win a case entitled West Virginia for EPA is one of the most important cases for our state and our country in decades, and that's because we not only took on Biden's premium deal and protected West Virginia jobs.

We want a huge Victory against the administrative State yeah right.

West Virginia will always remain free from federal overreach and the grips of Washington DC.

When IMS a point now right now, I'm leading a 25- state Coalition against the so-called Waters of the United States, ruled because the fight Administration can't seem to respect the rule of law and if you're, a farmer in Jefferson County an energy producer in Harrison County, a contractor in Charleston a realtor and reply, or just care at all, about Economic Policy.

You should care about this rule when the Biden Administration the swamp and the political Elites tried to force you to take the jab I said no yeah.

Thank you, unlawful mandate.

We want every one of those cases, but one I've defended Common Sense, West, Virginia conservative values.

In a way that no one else has right now we're awaiting word at the U.S Supreme Court on our women's sports case, because in West Virginia we stand for what we think is a basic non-controversial position.

Biological males should not be playing in women's sports.

The elites are trying to force their deranged now he's honestly, yes, sir, but men are biologically different than women.

I should encounter.

West Virginia will be the place where woke anti-freedom and job killing ideas go to time, I've.

Let them away I successfully defended charter schools and the Hope Scholarship is one of the most expansive school choice.

Our kids deserve the very best yes and I fought in one for them as Governor I'll, expand school choice and have the money follow the child.

West Virginia wants someone who's not going to Flinch when it comes to upholding our West Virginia conservative values.


Have it and I won't my record? It's strong.

Yes, we've defended the sanctity of life.

I led the way back in 2013 when I was the first pro-life attorney general in State history now I'm defending our state's abortion laws, because every baby deserves our protection.

You're not gonna, have to worry where I stand on the issue of Life on our gun rights, I've been a national leader, look not only racking up the A-Plus ratings, but actually making progress.

Getting big things done, 38 States we enjoy done reciprocity with constitutional parents and right now, I'm leading a 25 State Coalition nationally against the by administration's pistol-grace rule, a rule that targets the disabled and the elderly.

I look out for taxpayers generating about two billion dollars.

That's two billion dollars in settlement value and savings for West Virginia, some of that by just going after good, old-fashioned Fraud and Abuse, we created a disability fraud unit over the objections of Democrats and some Republicans, and we fought to protect the credit Integrity of the disability program.

We run a lien and efficient office and have instituted competitive bidding for how we pay outside counsel.

And now we have some of the lowest attorney's fees in the nation.

Taxpayers are now on Pace to save over 100 million from this policy alone, due to our leadership.

Imagine for a moment what's going to happen when I'm governor and we run the entire executive branch with that same type, yeah and millions and millions of dollars going after wasted abuse on one of the biggest challenges of the day staring down the opioid epidemic I've delivered for West Virginia.

Yes, sir and I'm one of the best records of the nation taking on this terrible scourge, we sued the DEA and attacked the problem of the opioid epidemic holistically and demanded accountability from the culpable activism within the pharmaceutical Supply Channel.

Thanks to my lawsuit and others, I could proudly report.

West Virginia has earned the highest per capita drug settlements in the country over one billion dollars in total.

In many cases we doubled the national average all in the face of the swamps and the political Elites who played politics with people's lives.

Instead of addressing this terrible problem, but I stuck to my guns and we want beat for West Virginia, we have a first of its kind plan to attack the drug epidemic.

A plan endorsed by every County most of the cities, every Senator 94 members of the House, with the federal plague, reaching an all-time high and consumption overflowing and shifting to heroin and Federal.

Our next governor and federal and state officials are going to need to aggressively attack the oversupply, flooding our streets, these deadly ingredients originating in China and going to the Mexican drug cartels.

Where the product is finished, it gets smuggled into the United States.

Then they eventually make their way right here to West Virginia, sad to say, but the policies of Joe Biden are literally poisoning West Virginia and my office has already sued the Department of Homeland Security on its failure to enforce the law, and we have put huge pressure on Joe Biden to list fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, steps and move to a whole new level and will bring the full force and authority of the estate's executive branch behind our work.

My friends, my record of accomplishment on the big challenges facing West Virginia and defending our West Virginia conservative values is unmatched.

Now everyone running is going to say that they can deliver for you.

They're going to make promises, but no one else can back it up with actual results: defending the West, Virginia conservative values we care about except me, fire winner.

Yes, I took on the fights many times when they weren't popular Time, After Time, After Time.

Our next Governor is going to have some new challenges to face and West Virginia is going out to decide who they want leading the way you well.

Thank you, proven conservative record of upholding West Virginia values and winning a lot or someone who has never taken on the swap or defeated them or taking on the political Elites.

This is not an entry-level job.

West Virginia needs a proven and accomplice.

Conservative leader fighter and winner in the governor's office, now I'm, not from a family with the political pedigree, I think that's uh ice I'm, the only one in the race who could say that I didn't grow up with much money.

Many people know I paid my own way through school I was first in my family to graduate college in law school.

You know like most West Virginians I learned the value of hard work from my dad and my mom.

My dad was an account manager at steel companies.

He was a veteran actually fought in the battle of the Bold.

She got wounded.

My mom, my mom was a VA nurse to tell me the stories of taking care of vets and cleaning their wounds.

I learned a lot from them.

Most importantly, growing up I learned I had to fight for everything.

I got I learned about work ethic.

Nothing was handed to you.

After Law School I opened up my own small law practice.

I struggled I struggled when a client didn't pay his bills.

I got hit pretty hard, I nearly went bankrupt, but I didn't I took odd jobs.

I waited tables just to make ends meet.

It was a defining point in my life.

I survived and learned some valuable lessons.

I know of many hard-working West Virginians are going through.

I know the importance of that Weekly take-home pay right now.

Inflation is brutalizing, West Virginia, the price of food and energy is through the roof.

Some people are just trying to survive.

Going paycheck to paycheck as your next Governor all things like to help all those suffering from the ravages of inflation.

We need to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves and lift our state out of the poverty platiness as your next Governor I'll Focus, like a laser beam on making sure you have fewer burdens, as you try to make ends meet that'll include, lowering your taxes and making our skates right even more competitive with other states we touched yeah tonight is your governor.

Won't policies and federal Outreach will stop at our state line.

I will be your iron wall between you, the political Elites, the Swap and the woke up.

We will defeat them experiences, winning and fighting to the governor's office, we're going to improve West Virginia's standard limit and increase take-home pay, so we can spend more time with our families.

Maybe watch some Mountaineer game.

See Marshall, where the shepherd play will compete much better with other states and grow our economic strength.

Building our state's recent successes we will and we must for our Workforce and our population.

That is our biggest challenge.

Today alone, we have over 65 000, open jobs in the state.

Think about that.

Just imagine if we could start by filling half of those jobs.

Look what that alone would do to our economy.

In the upcoming months, I'll be rolling out plans to address State, Workforce and population problems.

That must be a key priority for our next governor I'm.

Also going to do everything imaginable to keep our kids here and bring more young families into our state to raise a family work and thrive in West Virginia to get the next hundred thousand people here, we need to appeal to what a better standard economic education, education, a Broadband platform that not only has high-speed internet but folks who actually take your customer service, calls I love the place back in 2006 I was in awe of the beauty of the Mountain State I used to hike on the Appalachian Trail get in a kayak in the Shenandoah not too far from here.

I wanted to be part of that amazing history of Harper's Ferry that was so famous from the Civil War that so many people wrote about I, moved here, because I loved this wild and wonderful State, it's Beauty and its Rich history.

The mountains called me home, and you have embraced me now.

Let me repay that kindness by having me serve.

You know we have natural beauty and energy resources that can compete with any state in the nation, but we must leverage those strengths now.

One of the reason why one of the reasons why I fight so hard for cold Gas, Energy and manufacturing jobs seg because I know we can advance your state quicker if we leverage our energy economy and protect those jobs.

Yes, yes, as a turning Channel I fought and won more fights to protect energy UPS than virtually anyone in the country.

Imagine how effective I'll be as your energy governor.

Thank you, Governor I'm, going to double down on our fight to reduce regulations, there'll be more pipelines, built we'll, keep cold fire power plants online and finally create that long-awaited Appalachian Storage Shop to Spur the development of new Industries and businesses.

West Virginia coal once powered the nation's energy needs.

Our colonatural gas can do that in the future.

If we overcome the Regulatory and the woke barriers blocking the property, do that job as Governor from a guy that just took on Biden's Green New, Deal, M1, Advanced, educational attainment in West Virginia by supercharging, our school choice, programs and focusing on how West Virginia can lead the way nationally to fit the workforce needs of the 21st century.

We're going to increase the amount of money that follows the child, get our kids ready for the new opportunities in front of them.

That also means we're going to stop the brainwashing in our schools.

Thank you, May! Listen to me.

So they try to indoctrinate our children.

We will not let them fairly and attract more of them to West Virginia and we have to commit to votech education become a national leadership development for plumbers, for electricians, yeah contracts for manufacturing jobs, one of the takeaways from the pandemic is that many people starting to work remotely.

We have to be able to better take advantage of that where we're locating what we're doing move to our state.

If the internet moves at the speed of slow, we'll continue to build our state's infrastructure fix the roads, damn it will make state government work more effectively, will focus on the law, enforcement, Corrections and Foster Care problems, and many of these issues that have been left on the back burner for far too long.

Yes, yes, and we must continue to protect and preserve our West Virginia conservative and cultural values and build even larger multi-state coalitions to oppose Federal operations.

My watch watch West Virginia won't just have an attorney general deployed to fight the swamp and the political Elites, while the governor, an entire executive branch dedicated to protecting our jobs, our freedoms, our constitution, the rule of law from all threats.

West Virginia will be that place where woke goes to die.

Yeah now, I'm right for these fights and the opportunity to lead West Virginia to the next level, I'm.

The only proven conservative running, with the record of taking on the far left, the political Elites and anyone else who threatens our way of life and we win.

No one else can say that we can have it all be that shining state in the mountains a place where free to lives, our jobs are plentiful and our culture remains rich, but you need a governor who understands the threats happening at this point of time in our Republic and the States involved in taking those threats down.

Finally, I can't leave this stage today without addressing some incredibly disturbing news that came out several days ago.

Yes, president Trump was indicted.

It was no ordinary indictment.

It was a political Witch Hunt in a political prosecution.

It's wrong, and all of us should stand strongly against Trump and I'm offered to help, because the travesty cannot stand all right.

We know this is how the other side rolls.

This is how they play I got to fight against some of those same type of corrupt politicians and media when they came after me, I'll always speak out against these type of injustices and I will ensure that West Virginia's voice will not go quietly into the night, will always stand for what's right.

What's right is right and what's wrong, and this is wrong is wrong.

It's time for escape to shine even brighter it's time to elect a true conservative fighter and winner as governor thanks to every one of you for taking the time to come here today we have an incredible incredible mission in front of us.

You folks have inspired me for many years.


Thank you for that, and I can say: God bless.

You God bless West Virginia, God, Bless America.

Now, let's go to work and win this thing.


JUST IN: West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Announces Run For Governor (2024)


JUST IN: West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Announces Run For Governor? ›

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three-term West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Tuesday announced his candidacy for governor next year, joining a crowded field that already includes seven other Republicans.

How many terms can a governor serve in WV? ›

The chief executive of West Virginia is the governor of West Virginia, who is elected to a four-year term at the same time as presidential elections. The governor is sworn in the January following the November election. A governor may only serve two consecutive terms.

Who is the longest serving governor in WV history? ›

The longest-serving governor was Moore, who served for three terms over twelve years. The state's first governor after admission into the Union, Arthur I. Boreman, served the most consecutive terms, resigning a week before the end of his third term. Before the state's admission, Francis H.

Has West Virginia ever had a Democratic governor? ›

Incumbent. Jim Justice

The current governor is Republican Jim Justice, who assumed office on January 16, 2017. West Virginia's 36th governor, Justice was elected as a Democrat, but switched to the Republican Party on August 4 of that year.

When did Patrick Morrisey move to WV? ›

Personal life. Morrisey moved to Jefferson County, West Virginia in 2006.

Who is the highest paid governor in the United States? ›

The highest salary currently being accepted is that of New York Governor Kathy Hochul at $225,000. The lowest salaries are those of Maine Governor Janet Mills and Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico at $70,000 each.

Can a governor run again after 2 terms? ›

The governor holds the office for four years and can choose to run for reelection. The Governor is not eligible to serve more than eight years in any twelve-year period. Was this article helpful?

Who has the strongest governor? ›

Because of the extent of these constitutional powers, the governor of Maryland has been ranked as being among the most powerful governors in the United States.

Who is the oldest living former governor? ›

Personal life. Quie is a devout Lutheran. Quie's grandfather joined the newly founded Republican Party and supported Abraham Lincoln for president in the 1860 United States presidential election. Quie is the oldest living former governor and oldest living former U.S. Representative.

Who is the oldest governor ever? ›

State governors

In terms of age, Alabama governor Kay Ivey (born 1944) is the oldest governor, and Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (born 1982) is the youngest.

Is West Virginia mainly Republican? ›

Before 2000, West Virginia had voted almost exclusively Democratic since 1932, only voting Republican amidst national landslides in 1956, 1972, and 1984. However, starting with the 2000 election, West Virginia began a sharp realignment from mostly supporting Democrats to mostly supporting Republicans.

Who is the billionaire governor of West Virginia? ›

James Conley Justice II (born April 27, 1951) is an American businessman and politician who has served as the 36th governor of West Virginia since 2017. Justice was once a billionaire, but his net worth had declined to $513.3 million as of 2021.

Is West Virginia a good place to live? ›

West Virginia gives retirees plenty of reasons to call it home. Not only is the scenery spectacular, but it also promises affordable housing and senior care communities. Plus, with the abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy, everyone can find something to love about living in West Virginia.

Is Patrick Morrisey a Republican? ›

Patrick Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as Attorney General in West Virginia since 1933, and as a resident of Harpers Ferry, Morrisey is also the first Attorney General from Jefferson County in our state's history.

Why did West VA leave VA? ›

In 1861, as the United States itself became massively divided over slavery, leading to the American Civil War (1861–1865), the western regions of Virginia split with the eastern portion politically, and the two were never reconciled as a single state again.

Who was the first attorney general of West Virginia? ›

Since West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863, it has had 34 attorneys general, of whom 33 men have held the office (the inaugural attorney general, Aquilla B. Caldwell of Ohio County, served two nonconsecutive terms).

What is the US president's salary? ›

The president's salary currently sits at $400,000 annually. This amount was set by Congress in 2001, with the passage of a provision in the treasury appropriations bill. Prior to that, the President's salary had been locked in at $200,000 for 30 years.

What is Congress salary? ›

The compensation for most Senators, Representatives, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico is $174,000.

Who was the best governor general? ›

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Has a former President ever become a governor? ›

20 presidents previously served as governors; 17 presidents were state governors; 9 were governors immediately before election as presidents. Two, William Henry Harrison and William Howard Taft , served as territorial governors.

Has a President ever gone back to being a governor? ›

But the Watergate scandal brought fresh divisions to the country and ultimately led to his resignation. His election in 1968 had climaxed a career unusual on two counts: his early success and his comeback after being defeated for President in 1960 and for Governor of California in 1962.

What state has no term limits for governor? ›

Gubernatorial term limits

Uniquely, Virginia prohibits its governors from serving consecutive terms, although former governors are eligible to serve again as governor after a specified period (currently, four years) out of office.

Who is the least popular governor? ›

Oregon's former Gov. Kate Brown (D) clocked in as the nation's least popular governor, with just 35 percent approving of her leadership and 59 percent disapproving.

Has any had a Republican governor? ›

As of 2023, Pataki and Mary Donohue (his second Lt. Governor) are the last Republicans to be elected to statewide office in New York, although Republicans Joseph Bruno and Dean Skelos each briefly served as acting Lieutenant Governor in 2008.

Which states have weak governors? ›

According to the Council of State Governments, Kansas had the strongest governor system as of 1998. Other states with strong governor systems include: Indiana, Michigan, Montana, New York, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. States with weak governor systems include: Mississippi, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

Who is the youngest governor in U.S. history? ›

He won election as Governor of Minnesota in 1938. Stassen is the youngest person elected to that office. He gave the keynote address at the 1940 Republican National Convention.

What is the name of the youngest governor? ›

Yahaya Adoza Bello (// ( listen); born 18 June 1975) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who has served as the governor of Kogi State since 2016. A member of the All Progressives Congress, Bello has been the youngest governor in Nigeria throughout his term in office.

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At 90, Feinstein is the oldest sitting U.S. senator and member of Congress. In March 2021, she became the longest-serving U.S. senator from California, surpassing Hiram Johnson. Upon Don Young's death in March 2022, she became the oldest sitting member of Congress.

Who was the youngest governor of West Virginia? ›

Underwood was both the youngest and the oldest person ever to serve as Governor of West Virginia.

What was the governor before walking dead? ›

The Governor has always been a self-made man. Before the zombie apocalypse, he was Philip Blake, an office worker who spent his days in a cubicle and hated his life. It wasn't until civilization dissolved that he was able to find his true calling: despot.

Who is longest serving governor? ›

List of longest-serving governors of U.S. states
#GovernorTime in office
1Terry Branstad8,169 days
2George Clinton7,635 days
3George Wallace5,848 days
4Jerry Brown5,847 days
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What is the most conservative state? ›

Wyoming is the most Republican state in the U.S.. 67% of residents in Wyoming identify as Republican or Republican-leaning. Wyoming has low taxes across the board, including no state income tax.

What are the most liberal states? ›

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What is West Virginia known for? ›

Located in the Appalachian region, West Virginia has some of the most rugged land in the country. The state's rolling mountains, hills and valleys earned it the nickname of the Mountain State, and it is well-known for its range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, skiing and whitewater rafting.

Where do millionaires live in West Virginia? ›

Bramwell, West Virginia: Home of the Millionaires

Built as a private town for coal barons. Directions: Many of the millionaire mansions are downtown, along Brick Street. Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters.

Where is the richest place in West Virginia? ›

Tucked into the mountains in a bend of the Bluestone River, the tiny Mercer County town of Bramwell has a claim to fame that might surprise you: This turn-of-the-20th-century coal mining town once was home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the United States.

How many millionaires live in West Virginia? ›

RankStateNumber of millionaire households
42West Virginia31,535
43District of Columbia29,506
44Rhode Island28,165
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What is the friendliest town in West Virginia? ›

For the best chance of being welcomed with open arms, though, try a visit to the Mountain State's friendliest city: Logan, WV. Let's take a look at a few things to do in Logan, West Virginia.

Where is the cheapest place to live in West Virginia? ›

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — One West Virginia city was named one of the cheapest cities to live in, according to U.S. News & World Report. According to the ranking, Huntington, West Virginia, and its surrounding areas are considered some of the cheapest.

What is the safest area to live in West Virginia? ›

According to a recent study on U.S. crime, Oak Hill, West Virginia, was ranked the 80th safest city in the country. In 2020, the city's total crime rate came out to just 137.21 crimes per 100,000 residents.

Is Patrick Morrisey a Democrat? ›

He assumed office on January 14, 2013. His current term ends on January 13, 2025. Morrisey (Republican Party) is running for election for Governor of West Virginia. He declared candidacy for the 2024 election.

Is Patrick Morrisey running for governor? ›

(AP) — Three-term West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Tuesday announced his candidacy for governor next year, joining a crowded field that already includes seven other Republicans.

Who is WV Attorney General in 2023? ›

Patrick Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as Attorney General in West Virginia since 1933, and as a resident of Harpers Ferry, Morrisey is also the first Attorney General from Jefferson County in our state's history.

Why are so many people moving to West Virginia? ›

Lips cites that West Virginia is one of the country's most affordable states. Forbes Home lists West Virginia as the ninth cheapest state to live in 2023, and one of the most affordable places to buy a home, with the average single-family home costing $117,639, or 21.4% below the national average.

Is Kanawha an Indian word? ›

WEST VIRGINIA: Originally a part of Virginia. When the western counties left Virginia (rejecting secession), they retained a portion of the original name. It was suggested that it be named "Kanawha," an Indian name and the name of one of its principal rivers, but this was not adopted.

How many people are leaving West Virginia? ›

(AP) - West Virginia has seen a higher percentage of residents depart than any other state in the past decade. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that from 2010 to 2020, the population has dropped 3.2% - about 59,000 people.

Who was the oldest US attorney general? ›

Janet Reno
Preceded byRichard Gerstein
Succeeded byKatherine Fernandez Rundle
Personal details
BornJanet Wood RenoJuly 21, 1938 Miami, Florida, U.S.
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Who is West Virginia first lady? ›

Cathy Leigh Comer Justice, daughter and only child of Thomas Leigh and Virginia Ruth Comer was born January 28, 1953, in Beckley, WV and grew up in Prosperity, WV. She attended Raleigh County public schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1970 where she met her future husband, Jim Justice.

Who is the United States attorney for the Western District of Virginia? ›

United States Attorney

Christopher R. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on August 10, 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on October 5, 2021 to be the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

How many terms can you run for governor in Virginia? ›

Governor of Virginia
Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
StatusHead of state Head of government
ResidenceVirginia Executive Mansion
Term lengthFour years, not eligible for consecutive terms but May run again
FormationJuly 5, 1776
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What is Article 12 of the WV Constitution? ›

Creation of Independent Free School Districts

No independent free school district, or organization shall hereafter be created, except with the consent of the school district or districts out of which the same is to be created, expressed by a majority of the voters voting on the question.

How long has Jay Inslee been governor? ›

Jay Robert Inslee (/ˈɪnzliː/; born February 9, 1951) is an American politician, lawyer, and economist who has served as the 23rd governor of Washington since 2013.

When was the last time WV was a blue state? ›

Before 2000, West Virginia had voted almost exclusively Democratic since 1932, only voting Republican amidst national landslides in 1956, 1972, and 1984. However, starting with the 2000 election, West Virginia began a sharp realignment from mostly supporting Democrats to mostly supporting Republicans.

What is the salary of the governor of Virginia? ›

In Virginia, the salary of the governor stood at $175,000 as of 2021, the 10th highest among the 50 states. For additional context, the typical state governor earns between $147,000 and $150,000.

Is Virginia a red or blue state? ›

Of the state's eleven seats in the House of Representatives, Democrats hold six and Republicans hold five. The state is widely considered blue-leaning, a trend that moves parallel with the growth of the Washington D.C. and Richmond suburbs but has been recognized as a swing state by some in light of the 2021 GOP wave.

Does a governor have to resign to run for President? ›

Short Answer: No. Florida has a statute that could have compelled Ron DeSantis to resign as governor to run for president, but state lawmakers adjusted the rules.

What is the 24th Amendment in West Virginia? ›

A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

What is the code 7 12 3 in WV? ›

§7-12-3. Management and control of county authority vested in board; appointment and terms of members; vacancies; removal of members.

What is the WV motto? ›

State Motto - Montani Semper Liberi (Mountaineers Are Always Free) Montani Semper Liberi (Latin for "Mountaineers are Always Free") is the official motto of the state of West Virginia.

Has a former president ever been a governor? ›

20 presidents previously served as governors; 17 presidents were state governors; 9 were governors immediately before election as presidents. Two, William Henry Harrison and William Howard Taft , served as territorial governors.

Who is the longest running governor? ›

List of longest-serving governors of U.S. states
#GovernorTime in office
1Terry Branstad8,169 days
2George Clinton7,635 days
3George Wallace5,848 days
4Jerry Brown5,847 days
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Who is the longest serving active governor? ›

Currently, the longest serving incumbent U.S. governor is Jay Inslee of Washington, having served since January 2013, and the most recently inaugurated governor is Wes Moore of Maryland, having served since January 18, 2023.

Did WV vote for Obama in 2008? ›

As a result, the state has been trending Republican in national elections. In 2008, neither presidential nominee campaigned heavily in the state. On Election Day, McCain won West Virginia by 13.09 points while losing nationwide. McCain did well throughout the state, losing only a handful of counties.

Is West Virginia a good place to retire? ›

A survey by Retirement Living recently found that West Virginia was ranked third-best state in the U.S. for retirement—behind only Florida and Texas—so if you're looking for a place to retire in the United States, this beautiful state is worth considering! West Virginia gives retirees plenty of reasons to call it home.

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