Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Justice Announces Transition Committees

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Justice Announces Transition Committees

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Organized labor, current and former Democrat state legislators, and current and former staffers of the Wise, Manchin and Tomblin administrations are well represented on governor-elect Jim Justice's transition committees, which were announced Tuesday. "Each policy committee is made up of respected experts who care deeply about the future of West Virginia, transition chairman Larry Puccio said in a statement announcing the appointments. "These committees will generate policy proposals for the new administration. The goal is to generate good policy ideas from West Virginians on the front lines.

The committees will meet Thursday in Charleston, with the stipulation, "The meetings are by invitation only.

Justice spokesman Grant Herring said the meetings will be closed to the public, just like previous transition committees, to allow committee members to have frank discussions on issues.

The appointments come five weeks after the billionaire businessman was elected as West Virginia's 36th governor.

Puccio last week announced co-chairpersons for each of the transition committees, with committees focused on Public Education, Health Care/DHHR, addressing the Drug Epidemic, Energy/Environment, Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Tourism.

At least 11 current or former Democrat legislators were appointed to committees Tuesday: Tom Campbell to Public Education; Delegate Larry Rowe, D-Kanawha, and Tom Susman to Health Care; Brian Gallagher, David Grubb and Don Perdue to Drug Epidemic; Delegate Mike Caputo, D-Marion, Art Kirkendoll, Randy Swartzmiller and Gary Tillis to Energy/Environment; and Oshel Craigo to Economic Development, where he will serve with Susan Miley, wife of House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison.

Two former Republican legislators received appointments: Patrick Lane to Health Care and Karen Facemyer to Energy/Environment. …

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