Jim Justice

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Gov.-elect Jim Justice will take his oath of office Monday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. on the steps of the state Capitol during his inauguration ceremony.

Elected in November, Justice will become the state's 36th governor. 

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Gov.-elect Jim Justice has chosen former State Board of Education member and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's wife Gayle Manchin to head his Department of Education and the Arts, and an energy industry consultant to head West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection.

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With his inauguration Monday, Gov.-elect Jim Justice is announcing more staff appointments in his new administration. 

Justice announced Friday former state Senator and long-time House of Delegates member Bob Ashely will take over as his legislative director, working directly with lawmakers to push the governor’s bill through the legislative process.

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Some of the conflict-of-interest issues swirling around President-elect Donald Trump in Washington are playing out on a smaller scale in West Virginia, where the richest man in the state — an Appalachian coal baron with real estate, resort and farm holdings, too — is about to be sworn in as governor.

Democratic Gov.-elect Jim Justice, like Trump, has refused to shed his holdings, giving assurances he can be trusted to act honorably. Like Trump, he has put his business empire in the hands of family members, though he said as recently as last month that he would put his holdings in a blind trust.

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin delivered his farewell address following six years in office on Wednesday afternoon before a joint session of the state Senate and House of Delegates.

The 64-year-old Tomblin, a Democrat, has to leave after two terms.

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Gov.-elect Jim Justice says a Charleston attorney, accountant and Kanawha County commissioner will be his administration's secretary of the Department of Revenue.

Dave Hardy, whose law practice focuses on energy and mining law, also teaches public budgeting at West Virginia State University.

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West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice says the current commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles will continue in his administration.

Pat Reed was first appointed to the post by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in January 2015.

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West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice has selected Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill to serve as superintendent of state police.

Cahill spent 23 years with West Virginia State Police in a variety of roles. He started as a field trooper in 1989 and retired as troop commander captain in Beckley in 2012. He was elected as Greenbrier County sheriff that same year and was re-elected last year.

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Gov.-elect Jim Justice has appointed retired health care consultant Bill J. Crouch to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Also Friday, Justice announced that Commerce Department spokeswoman Chelsea Ruby will be commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

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Tickets for West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice's inaugural ball are now on sale.

The inaugural ball will be held the evening of Jan. 16 at the Greenbrier resort that Justice owns in White Sulphur Springs. Tickets are $75 and available at www.InaugurationWV.com .

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The inaugural committee for Gov.-elect Jim Justice says he'll receive the public in the state Capitol in Charleston following his 1 p.m. inauguration on Jan. 16 on its South Plaza.

That will be followed by a reception in the nearby West Virginia Culture Center in honor of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is observed as both a national and state holiday on that Monday.

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West Virginia’s incoming governor has chosen the president of an engineering and architecture firm to be his administration's commerce secretary.


Gov.-Elect Jim Justice said Woody Thrasher has experience growing jobs in the state and a passion for serving its people.


Carl "Butch" Antolini will serve as the Director of Communications for incoming Gov. Jim Justice. 

The announcement came Friday through a press release from the Justice transition team.

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Gov.-elect Jim Justice has made his first Cabinet selection, choosing former Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy to be his secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

A former special agent in the U.S. Treasury Criminal Investigations Division, Sandy is a Wood County native and currently partner in Perry Forensic Investigations LLC.

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Updated campaign finance reports show West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice spent $5.1 million in his mostly self-funded winning campaign as a Democrat.

Justice, owner of coal mines, the Greenbrier resort and other businesses, defeated Republican Bill Cole.

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West Virginia's incoming governor said Thursday that he wants to closely examine state finances before deciding how to approach the government's projected $400 million budget deficit next year.

Gov.-elect Jim Justice said they've "got to scrub all the financials in every way and see really where we stand," which will show the way forward.

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A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring pollution reductions and a $900,000 civil penalty by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor-elect Jim Justice.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced the settlement in September with Southern Coal Corp. and 26 affiliates.

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A West Virginia women's group is asking Gov.-elect Jim Justice for gender equity on the state's boards and commissions.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Justice's incoming administration will work with a state legislature made up of 116 men and 18 women, or about 13 percent. That marks the lowest percentage of women in the Legislature since 1984.

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West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice's businesses are being sued by a flood restoration company for unpaid bills, after cleanup crews restored parts of the Greenbrier following flooding that hit parts of the state in late June.

Attorneys for BMS CAT, a company based in Fort Worth, Texas, filed the complaint in federal court. The lawsuit alleges Justice's companies have withheld $771,268s owed to the restoration company, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

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The incoming Justice administration has selected chairmen of committees to recommend economic, energy and environmental policies.

Governor-elect Jim Justice's transition team says four people have been named co-chairs of the committee on economic development.