CHARLESTON — The newest member of the state legislature has been sworn into office.
Danville Town Manager Josh Barker repeated the oath of office at about 1 p.m., Monday, August 5, in the House chambers of the state capitol. In doing so, Barker became the new delegate from the Twenty-second District. A Democrat, Barker joins fellow Democrat Jeff Eldridge in representing the district that includes most of Lincoln County as well as parts of Boone, Logan and Putnam.
The oath was administered by Boone County Circuit Judge William S. Thompson before a group of Barker’s family and friends.
In accepting the appointment made by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to replace Democrat Josh Stowers who resigned to accept a position in the State Treasurer’s Office, Barker said he was “overwhelmed at the support and encouragement I received from so many people.”
Barker thanked Tomblin, who he called a “lifelong friend and mentor,” while praising those on hand and “the hundreds of others who worked on my behalf.”
Barker said he plans to go to work immediately representing the people of the district. “I plan to send a piece of mail to every citizen of the district, at my expense, telling them how to contact me and soliciting their input,” the delegate said. “I want to do what the people want me to do.”
Barker said his first official business as a delegate will come in two weeks when he attends interim committee meetings in Charleston.
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