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Skaff Steps Aside, Hornbuckle to Lead House Democrats

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Charleston, WV –Confirming rumors first reported by WV Statewide News, Kanawha County Democrat Delegate Doug Skaff Jr. announced today that he will be stepping down as Minority Leader.

Skaff told colleagues his tenure as the Democrat House Leader will come to an end next Wednesday when interim meetings are scheduled to adjourn.

Replacing Skaff as leader will be Cabell County Democrat Sean Hornbuckle.

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I Just Felt the time was right for a change.Delegate Doug Skaff

In a separate interview, Hornbuckle said he is “honored to be selected as the interim Minority Leader.”

Skaff expressed “gratitude to colleagues for the opportunity” to serve as Minority Leader.  

“I have enjoyed working with Republican Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw to deliver common sense solutions for the people of West Virginia,” Skaff said.  

“In my role as Minority Leader, I worked with Speaker Hanshaw to focus on attracting businesses to our state and creating jobs here as we traveled the country to encourage companies and major corporations to Choose WV,” Skaff added.

 In stepping down as Minority Leader, Skaff plans to spend extra time focused on his businesses and coaching his three boys on the soccer fields.  Hornbuckle said he will assume his new role as Minority Leader immediately following the conclusion of interims.

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Regarding Hornbuckle, Skaff said, “Sean is a strong leader, delegate and friend- I know that he will lead the caucus well.”

In his exclusive interview with WV Statewide, Skaff confirmed rumors that he is “seriously considering running for Secretary of State.”

He further confirmed statehouse gossip that he may switch his party registration to Republican.

“I’m going to spend the next few weeks thinking about all of that,” he explained. “There are some options. Around Labor Day, I’ll make my plans known.        

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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.

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