Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s Farewell Address


West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, plans to deliver his farewell address this afternoon before a joint session of the state senate and house of delegates.

The longtime West Virginia senate president became acting governor after Governor Joe Manchin, another democrat, was elected to the U.S. senate in 2010.
Tomblin won a special election as governor the following year and was elected to a full four-year term in 2012. The sixty-four year old democrat, has completed his two term limit.

Tomblin has said that attracting business was the priority of his six-year administration, which has faced both a national recession and coal industry downturn.
He will be followed by democratic Governor- elect Jim Justice, whose inauguration is scheduled for Monday.

Tyler Barker

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