John Yoder, a West Virginia circuit court judge and former state senator, died on Friday, according to a statement from the state Supreme Court.
Yoder, a native of Kansas, was circuit judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit, which includes Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports he practiced law in Harpers Ferry for 23 years.
Yoder was elected to two separate terms in the state Senate as a Republican in 1992 and 2004. He left the state Senate to run for the circuit court seat in 2008.