Latest West Virginia State Legislature News

Biafore reelected as chair of West Virginia Democrats

Jul. 3, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Belinda Biafore has been reelected as the chairwoman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The party's executive committee has also elected former West Virginia Young Democrats president Rod Snyder as vice chairman and Kanawha County Del. Andrew Byrd...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Patrick Morrisey speaks to reporters after a debate in Morgantown, W.Va. Isaac Sponaugle conceded the Democratic primary for West Virginia attorney general to labor lawyer Sam Petsonk on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 capping a close race decided by fewer than 200 votes weeks after election day. He is now set to face incumbent Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in the November elections. Morrisey ran unopposed in the GOP primary. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

Sponaugle concedes in W.Va. Democratic attorney general race

Jun. 23, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Isaac Sponaugle conceded the Democratic primary for West Virginia attorney general to labor lawyer Sam Petsonk on Tuesday, capping a close race decided by fewer than 200 votes weeks after election day. Sponaugle, who represents Pendleton County in the West Virginia House of...

With all votes in, Petsonk declaring victory in AG primary

Jun. 19, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Labor lawyer Sam Petsonk has declared victory in the Democratic primary for West Virginia attorney general by a 145-vote margin after all counties finished reporting results late Thursday night. The secretary of state's office tally has Petsonk ahead of Del. Isaac Sponaugle after...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael discusses comprehensive education legislation inside the Senate chambers at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Carmichael, The West Virginia Senate president who was dogged by teacher protests at the statehouse, lost to a teacher in his Republican primary reelection bid Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Senate President Mitch Carmichael was defeated by Amy Nichole Grady, a teacher from Mason County who snagged the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers West Virginia chapter. (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

Teacher beats West Virginia Senate president after protests

Jun. 10, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers whose protests sparked a national wave of unrest took to chanting “Ditch Mitch” as they descended on the Capitol. Ditch him they did. West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael fell in stunning defeat to small-town elementary school...

This image provided by West Virginia governors office, Gov. Jim Justice holds a news conference regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Charleston, W.Va.   (West Virginia governors office via AP)

Justice, Salango to face off in fall WVa governor's election

Jun. 10, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sweating it out on the state's hottest day of the year, voters on Tuesday were choosing presidential, gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidates in West Virginia's Democratic and Republican primaries. They also were deciding a majority of the five-member state Supreme...

Teacher beats West Virginia Senate president in GOP primary

Jun. 9, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate president who was dogged by teacher protests at the statehouse lost to a teacher in his Republican primary reelection bid Tuesday. Senate President Mitch Carmichael was defeated by Amy Nichole Grady, a teacher from Mason County who snagged the endorsement...

FILE - This Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015, file photo shows Dr. Ron Stollings, a West Virginia state senator, as he stands in the gallery of the state Senate chambers, at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Stollings is participating in a Democratic debate in Bridgeport on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raby)

West Virginia Democrats face off in debate for governor

May. 19, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ron Stollings doesn't think West Virginia is that into socialism or soccer fields. The Democratic candidate for governor took aim at primary opponents Stephen Smith and Ben Salango in the final minutes of a gubernatorial debate Tuesday night as he emphasized a long career of...