Joe Manchin, Senator
Joseph “Joe” Manchin III is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia. Manchin previously served as the Governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010 and the Secretary of State of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005. He won the special election in November 2010 to fill the seat of Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving U.S. Senator, who died in office. Manchin was elected to a full term in office with 60 percent of the vote in November 2012. Manchin became the state’s senior Senator when Jay Rockefeller retired in 2015.
Jim Justice, Governor
Jim Justice serves as the 36th governor of the Mountain State.
Many people have come to know Jim Justice as the owner of The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. However, long before his tenure at The Greenbrier, Jim has been deeply involved in his family’s business and his community. Jim has been creating jobs, promoting our state, and caring deeply for the people of West Virginia all of his life. Seeing West Virginia, and her people, succeed is Jim’s passion.
He attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and was captain of the golf team for two years before earning an undergraduate degree and a masters in business administration.
Jim and his wife Cathy have been best friends since high school. Last year, they celebrated their 40th anniversary. The Governor and the First Lady have two children, James (Jay) C. Justice, III, a Virginia Tech graduate who runs the Justice family’s coal and agriculture operations, and Dr. Jill Justice, a graduate of Marshall University and The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. Jill is now president of Greenbrier Hotel Corporation and practices at the Greenbrier Clinic.
The Justice family has recently grown to include Jay’s wife, Catherine Grainger Justice, and Jill’s husband, Adam Long. Jim and Cathy live near downtown Lewisburg with Molly Belle and Lucy, their two Boston terriers.
Jeff Kessler, Senate Minority Leader
Jeff Kessler is a Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate, representing the 2nd District since his appointment in November 1997 and subsequent reelections. He is currently the minority leader of the Senate.
Kessler previously served as President of the Senate, Acting President of the Senate and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Kessler is also involved in private practice, where he is a partner in the law firm Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor & Gordon.
Kessler was born November 16, 1955 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the son of George Henry Kessler (1924 – 2009) and Rosemary Krupica Kessler (1930 – 1978). He is a 1974 graduate of Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen, West Virginia. He also attended West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University) in Wheeling, West Virginia, and the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Senator Kessler is married to Gretchen Kessler and has five children: Jacob, Lauren, Jackson, Hastings and Griffin. He is a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Glen Dale, West Virginia.
Tim Miley, House Minority Leader
Tim Miley is a Democratic politician, attorney, and author. Miley has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates as a representative from the 41st District since 2004 and was from June 2013 to January 2015 was Speaker of the House. He is a member of the House Rules Committee and, prior to his election as Speaker, held the position of chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.