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Ex-Republican lawmaker to become House clerk

Photo from The Charleston Gazette Steve Harrison
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Steve Harrison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight years after leaving the Legislature, a former Kanawha County delegate and senator said Monday he’s looking forward to a new role in the House of Delegates next session.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Steve Harrison said of his nomination to become the 22nd clerk of the House. “It’s not something I even imagined when I was in the House. We were so far in the minority, it was unthinkable that could happen.”

Harrison, a Poca Valley Bank executive who served in the House from 1993-2002 and served one term in the Senate from 2003-06, will replace the third-longest serving House clerk in state history, Greg Gray.

Gray, who began his House career as a $19-a-day per diem employee in 1973, has been House parliamentarian since 1978, and House clerk since 1996.

After 42 years working in the House, Gray said Monday he would have liked to have stayed on a couple of more years before retirement.

“After all these years I’ve been here, it’s been my life. It’s something I’ve always done,” he said. “It’s not the way I envisioned my career coming to a close.”

Harrison said he had not spoken with Gray as of Monday afternoon, but said he’s hopeful they can work together on a smooth transition in the clerk’s office…

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