CHARLESTON, W.Va. (January 22, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of Sue Cline to represent residents of the 9th District in the West Virginia Senate. Cline’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of former State Senator Daniel Hall.
The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Republican had to be appointed to fill the State Senate vacancy. Prior to Cline’s selection, Tomblin’s office issued the following statement: “Gov. Tomblin has said throughout this process that he will abide by the court’s ruling, and based on the decision issued Friday, he will appoint a Republican from the list submitted to him.”
— West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issues the following statement regarding the state Supreme Court’s ruling in Biafore v. Tomblin.
“The state Supreme Court upheld the rule of law today. The court agreed with my office’s opinion that the statute is clear and should be applied without regard to partisan politics.”
WVGOP Statement On 9th Senatorial Decision Of WVSCA
Governor To Appoint GOP Nominee To Vacancy
— West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas released this statement on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals’ decision today regarding the replacement process in the 9th Senatorial District.
“We appreciate the time and care of the Court in its efforts to interpret this crucial piece of West Virginia Code, and the decision made today to maintain conservative Republican representation for the citizens of Wyoming, Raleigh and McDowell Counties.
We look forward to the Governor’s appointment of one of our three qualified nominees and for them to be seated by the Senate as soon as possible.
The business of the State must be done. Any further delay will hamper our State’s budding comeback story from eight decades of Democrat damage to our population and economy.
We pray that our new Senator and all elected officials have blessings upon them as they seek to move this state forward again.”