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Lifelong Politician Ken Hechler Turns 100 Saturday


Former West Virginia secretary of state and congressman Ken Hechler is reaching a milestone this weekend.

Hechler will be 100 years old on Saturday. He and his wife, Carol, will celebrate with friends and family at a private party in Romney on Sunday.

Hechler was an Army combat historian during World War II and served in the Truman White House, writing speeches among other duties.

He served in the U.S. House between 1959 and 1976 and was secretary of state from 1985 to 2001.

The Democrat tells the Charleston Daily Mail that he’s always had a devotion to public service. In 2010 he lost a bid for U.S. Senate after the death of Robert C. Byrd, running because he was opposed to the mountaintop removal method of mining.