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Skaff Steps Down As House Minority Leader, Hornbuckle To Take On Role

A man in a blue suit and tie speaks into a microphone from a desk in the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber.
House Minority Leader Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha.
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Democrat Doug Skaff of Kanawha County is stepping down as Minority Leader in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Skaff will leave his post following the conclusion of next week’s legislative interim meetings, according to a news release from House Democrats. 

Skaff was first named Minority Leader in December 2020, after former-Minority Leader Tim Miley did not seek reelection.

Skaff said he plans on using the extra time to focus more energy on his businesses and coaching his three sons at soccer. 

“I have enjoyed working with Republican Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw to deliver common sense solutions for the people of West Virginia,” Skaff said in a statement. “In my role as Minority Leader, I worked with Speaker Hanshaw to focus on attracting businesses to our state and creating jobs here as we traveled the country to encourage companies and major corporations to Choose WV.”

Del. Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, the current Minority Leader Pro Temp, will become the new Minority Leader. Skaff said Hornbuckle is a “strong leader, delegate and friend — I know that he will lead the caucus well.” 

House Minority Leader Pro Temp Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell.

Credit: Perry Bennett/WV Legislative Photography

Hornbuckle will be the first Black floor leader in modern record keeping for the state House of Delegates, according to Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director of the House Ann Ali. 

West Virginia Senate Minority Leader Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, issued a statement following the announcement. Woelfel wished Skaff well and spoke highly of Hornbuckle’s appointment. 

“I can think of no better incoming Leader than Delegate Sean Hornbuckle. I have known Delegate Hornbuckle for many years,” Woelfel said. “He is a pillar in our community and a man of integrity. Sean’s acumen, character, and work ethic are superb. He is bold in action but also pragmatic. His service on behalf of the citizens of Cabell County absolutely merits his elevation to this leadership position.”