CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Republican lawmaker from Putnam County has been picked as assistant majority leader for the state House of Delegates.
Geoff Foster was appointed to the post Monday by House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, according to a news release from the House.
Foster, who has served for three years in the House, replaces former lawmaker John O’Neal, a Raleigh County Republican who resigned to work in Gov. Jim Justice’s administration as a legislative liaison.
“Geoff has been a fierce advocate for conservative principles, and a strong supporter of reforms to improve our state’s business climate,” Armstead said in the release. “He’s earned the respect of his fellow lawmakers and I’m proud to add him to our leadership team.”
Foster, who was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2016, is the only delegate from the 15th Delegate District, which includes a stretch of Putnam County that starts at the Kanawha River and extends south through Teays Valley. He has served as assistant majority whip, as chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Labor and Worker Safety Issues Committee, vice chairman of the House Industry and Labor Committee and as a member of the House Judiciary and Political Subdivisions committees.
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