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Hanshaw Retains Speakership

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Charleston – It took awhile but the newly-enlarged House of Delegates supermajority Republicans affirmed another term as Speaker for Clay County’s Roger Hanshaw on Sunday.

Meeting in Charleston, sources inside the Republican caucus reported Hanshaw received 53 votes to just 30 for Raleigh County Delegate Brandon Steele.

There are 88 Republicans in the 100-member House but five were absent from the vote.

The victory assures Hanshaw of another term as speaker. Some had feared that the huge majority would fracture into splinter groups and have trouble finding a leader.

It is also being reported that Delegate Eric Householder will be named Majority Leader by Hanshaw. Other leadership changes are expected to be announced.

Hanshaw was first elected to the House during the 2014 election cycle, when he defeated incumbent Democrat David Walker with 54.7% of the vote, to Walker’s 45.3%.

Hanshaw was among the newly-elected Republicans in formerly solid Democrat districts that signaled the switch for West Virginia from blue to red.

The legislature will convene in January 2023.

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State Senator Craig Blair was re-elected Senate President and Lieutenant Governor by the 30-member GOP Senate caucus.

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.