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Delegate Rohrbach named to House leadership positions

December 26, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, last week announced the appointment of additional committee and leadership team members for the upcoming 84th Legislature.

Del. Matt Rohrbach, R-Cabell/Wayne, was appointed to multiple leadership positions.

Rohrbach will serve as chairman of the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Committee, with vice chairman Del. Ray Hollen, R-Wirt. Rohrbach will vice chair the Senior Citizens Issues Committee with chairman Ruth Rowans, R-Hampshire, and will be the assistant majority whip for Health.

Other area delegates will also hold leadership positions:

• Del. Geoff Foster, R-Putnam, will chair the Rule Making Committee.

• Del. Josh Higginbotham, R-Putnam, will chair the Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Committee and serve as assistant majority whip for Education.

• Del. Jim Butler, R-Mason, will serve as vice chairman of the Rule Making Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee.

• Del. Scott Cadle, R-Mason, will serve as the vice chairman of the Agriculture Committee and be the assistant majority whip for Government Organization.

• Del. Zach Maynard, R-Lincoln, will serve as chairman of the Fire Departments & Emergency Services Committee.

• Del. Mark Dean, R-Mingo, will serve as the vice chairman of the Committee on Government Organization.

• Del. Tony Paynter, R-Wyoming, will serve as vice chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

Del. Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, has been named speaker pro tempore for the House of Delegates. Cowles previously served as House majority leader. As pro tempore, he will preside over floor sessions should the speaker not be available, and will also provide input as a member of the House leadership team.

Other members of the House leadership team announced earlier this month include Majority Leader Amy Summers, R-Taylor; Assistant Majority Leader Kayla Kessinger, R-Fayette; and Majority Whip Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson.