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West Virginia governor names counsel as new chief of staff

December 23, 2020 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has picked Brian Abraham, his current general counsel and a member of the National Guard, to be his next chief of staff.

Abraham will take over from the Republican governor’s retiring chief of staff, Mike Hall, who announced last week that he would leave on Dec. 31.

Abraham has been Justice’s general counsel since the governor took office in January 2017. He is also chair of the joint staff in the West Virginia National Guard. He has previously served in Iraq, according to the governor’s office.

“He’s a Veteran and experienced attorney who loves our state as much as I do, and I know his skills and experience will be extremely beneficial as we continue to move West Virginia forward,” Justice said in a statement.