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Governor Justice says former Senate President Carmichael to direct West Virginia Economic Development

By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON — Mitch Carmichael, the former president of the West Virginia Senate, is joining Gov. Jim Justice’s economic team, though the announcement came quicker than state officials had planned.

Mitch Carmichael, then West Virginia Senate president, speaks at the West Virginia Press Association’s legislative breakfast. File photo/Dalton Walker

According to the state’s online phone directory, Carmichael is listed as the new executive director of the West Virginia Development Office within the Department of Commerce. As of Wednesday afternoon, the phone directory entry for Carmichael was still online.

The directory change was first noticed by WV MetroNews reporter Brad McElhinny, who asked Justice about it during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing.

“I don’t know that we have officially announced that yet…” Justice said. “We feel like Mitch can be a terrific asset there, and he will become our economic development director. … We feel like with his … stuck-on ‘on’ personality and everything that he can really bring some real umph to us there.”

See Governor Jim Justice’s comments on selection of Mitch Carmichael.

Carmichael was a senator from Jackson County from 2013 to until his defeat in the 2020 Republican primary…. He has been Senate president since 2017 and previously served in the House of Delegates from 2001 to 2013.

There was no official announcement or comment from the Department of Commerce.


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