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The West Virginia Senate is the upper house of the West Virginia Legislature. There are 17 senatorial districts. Each district has two senators who serve staggered four-year terms. The body is generally considered more conservative than the West Virginia House of Delegates. Democrats and Republicans are more evenly matched in the Senate. An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the lower house. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The West Virginia House of Delegates is the lower house of the West Virginia Legislature. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ...


The state's districting system is unique in the United States. The state's most populous county, Kanawha County constitutes two "superimposed" districts. In practical effect, this means that Kanawha County is a single district electing two members every two years. The remaining 54 counties of the state are divided into 15 districts, with county lines not respected in most cases. Under the unique rule, no district may have more than one senator from the same county, no matter the population. This means, for example, that the 99% of the population of the 5th District residing in Cabell County can vie for only one Senate seat, and the tiny portion of Wayne County in the district acts as a sort of rotten borough, as it must have one senator. This, combined with the gerrymandering of the districts, has contributed to what many observers have called the most unrepresentative districting system in the United States. Kanawha County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Cabell County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Wayne County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... The term rotten borough refers to a parliamentary borough or constituency in the Kingdom of England (pre-1707), the Kingdom of Great Britain (1707-1801), the Kingdom of Ireland (1536-1801) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (from 1801 until their final abolition in 1867) which due... Printed in 1812, this political cartoon illustrates the electoral districts drawn by the Massachusetts legislature to favor the incumbent Democratic-Republican party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists, from which the term gerrymander is derived. ...

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Senate President

The Senate elects its own president from its membership. As of the 77th Legislature, Earl Ray Tomblin is Senate President. Lt. ...


While the West Virginia Constitution does not create or even mention the title of Lieutenant Governor, West Virginia Code 6A-1-4 creates this designation for the Senate President. The Senate President is first in the line of succession to the office of governor. As stated in the constitution: "In case of the death, conviction or impeachment, failure to qualify, resignation, or other disability of the governor, the president of the Senate shall act as governor until the vacancy is filled, or the disability removed." However, the Senate President may not always serve the remainder of the term as the constitution also states: "Whenever a vacancy shall occur in the office of governor before the first three years of the term shall have expired, a new election for governor shall take place to fill the vacancy."


Composition

Affiliation Members
  Democratic Party 21 (62%)
  Republican Party 13 (38%)
 Total
34
 Government Majority
13

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Floor Leadership

  • Majority Leader: H. Truman Chafin
  • Majority Whip: Billy Wayne Bailey
  • Minority Leader: Vic Sprouse
  • Minority Whip: Andy McKenzie

Vic Sprouse is a West Virginia State Senator and Senate Minority Leader. ...

Members

  • Billy Wayne Bailey (D-9th District), Democratic Whip
  • Clark S. Barnes (R-15th District)
  • Donna J. Boley (R-3rd District)
  • Edwin J. Bowman (D-1st District)
  • Donald T. Caruth (R-10th District)
  • H. Truman Chafin (D-6th District), Democratic Leader
  • J. Frank Deem (R-3rd District)
  • Tracy Dempsey (D-7th District)
  • Larry J. Edgell (D-2nd District)
  • Karen L. Facemyer (R-4th District)
  • John Pat Fanning (D-6th District)
  • Dan Foster (D-17th District)
  • Jesse O. Guills (R-10th District)
  • Steve Harrison (R-8th District)
  • Walt Helmick (D-15th District)
  • Jon Blair Hunter (D-14th District)
  • Evan Jenkins (D-5th District)
  • Jeffrey V. Kessler (D-2nd District)
  • Charles Lanham (R-4th District)
  • Shirley D. Love (D-11th District)
  • Brooks McCabe (D-17th District)
  • Andy McKenzie (R-1st District), Republican Whip
  • Joseph Minard (D-12th District)
  • Sarah M. Minear (R-14th District)
  • Michael A. Oliverio (D-13th District)
  • Robert H. Plymale (D-5th District)
  • Roman W. Prezioso (D-13th District)
  • William R. Sharpe (D-12th District), President Pro Tempore
  • Vic Sprouse (R-8th District), Republican Leader
  • Earl Ray Tomblin (D-7th District), President of the Senate and Lieutenant Governor
  • John Unger (D-16th District)
  • Russ Weeks (R-9th District)
  • Randy White (D-11th District)
  • John Yoder (R-16th District)

Committees

At the start each new Legislature, standing committees are appointed. The Senate President selects the chairpersons. The Rules of the Senate call for the following committees to be formed:

  • Agriculture (11 members) - Larry J. Edgell, Chairman
  • Banking and Insurance (14 members) - Joseph M. Minard, Chairman
  • Confirmations (9 members) - Shirley Love, Chairman
  • Economic Development (14 members) - Brooks McCabe, Chairman
  • Education (14 members) - Robert H. Plymale, Chairman
  • Energy, Industry and Mining (14 members) - William R. Sharpe, Jr., Chairman
  • Finance (17 members) - Walt Helmick, Chairman
  • Government Organization (14 members) - Edwin Bowman, Chairman
  • Health and Human Resources (14 members) - Roman W. Prezioso, Jr., Chairman
  • Interstate Cooperation (7 members) - Evan H. Jenkins, Chairman; (Senate President is ex-officio co-chairperson)
  • Judiciary (17 members) - Jeffrey V. Kessler, Chairman
  • Labor (11 members) - Michael Oliverio II, Chairman
  • Military (9 members) - Jon Blair Hunter, Chairman
  • Natural Resources (14 members) - John Pat Fanning, Chairman
  • Pensions (7 members) - Dan Foster, Chairman
  • Rules (11 members) - Earl Ray Tomblin, Ex-officio Chairman as Senate President
  • Transportation and Infrastructure (9 members) - John Unger II, Chairman

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External links

  • Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin
  • West Virginia Legislature - official website
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