36th Governor of West Virginia
James C. Justice, II was born April 27, 1951, to James Conley Justice and Edna Ruth Justice. He attended Raleigh County public schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1969, attended Greenbrier Military Academy as a post graduate. Governor-elect Justice went to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and was captain of the golf team for two years before earning his undergraduate degree and a Masters in Business Administration. The Governor-elect joined his family’s business in 1976. Because of his strong interest in nature and the outdoors, he started Justice Family Farms in 1977 in beautiful Monroe County, West Virginia. Under his direction, Justice Farming Operations has grown to be a major agricultural enterprise. His companies farm more than 50,000 acres of corn, wheat, and soybeans in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Board of Public Works
These five elected constitutional officers, together with the governor and superintendent of schools, comprise the Board of Public Works and will also be sworn in on January 16, 2017.
Secretary of State Mac Warner
Secretary Warner graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and West Virginia University's College of Law; he has two Master of Law Degrees, one in Military Law from The Army Judge Advocate General's School and one in International Law from the University of Virginia Law School.
Auditor John B. McCuskey
John B. (J.B.) McCuskey, West Virginia’s 21st State Auditor, was a two-term member of the House of Delegates, District 35 in Charleston from 2012-2016. He is a graduate of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in Political Communication. He is also a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, and was previously an attorney for six years with Steptoe & Johnson in Charleston.
Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt
Kent Leonhardt is a longtime farmer who began his passion for the industry by reviving a farm that had sat abandoned for over 40 years located in the western end of Monongalia County. The farm, that he still lives on today, was purchased in 1982 and started cultivating crops and raising livestock in 1997. As of 2016, the farm has grown from the original 205 acres to 380 contiguous acres.
Supreme Court of Appeals
West Virginia elected its first non-partisan justice to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in the state's primary election on May 10, 2016. The new justice, one of five on the bench, was sworn in on Dec. 5, took office Jan. 1, and will be ceremonially sworn in during Inauguration on January 16, 2017.
Justice Beth Walker
Justice Elizabeth “Beth” D. Walker was raised in Huron, Ohio. She is a 1987 summa cum laude graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. She earned her law degree in 1990 from The Ohio State University, where she was Articles Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal. During her years of private practice, she participated in courses offered by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, including its Mediation Workshop.
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