On the Road

Martinsburg Job Fair

Last Friday, my office hosted nearly 90 employers and more than 500 job seekers in Martinsburg for a regional job fair.  I truly thank the partner organizations and employers who helped make this most recent job fair such an outstanding success.  This is the 22nd job fair I have hosted across the state Since October 2015, and there are many more to come.  We wish the best of luck to all the applicants who attended!


Introduction of the American Miners Pension Act

I joined my colleagues and UMWA representatives this week to introduce my bill - the American Miners Pension Act, which protects the pensions of tens of thousands of retired coal miners.

U.S. Marine Corps Monument Dedication

This week, my Regional Coordinator, Brian Aluise, attended the dedication of a United States Marine Corps monument to the beautiful Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in institute.  This was a very special occasion as it was also the 94th birthday of my dear friend and national treasure, Hershel "Woody" Williams.


Corridor H Groundbreaking

My Regional Coordinator, Peggy Hawse, attended the groundbreaking of the section of Corridor H that runs from Kerens to Parsons. I have supported this project since I was Governor, and have been so proud to see it come to fruition. The construction of this section is expected to be completed by Fall 2019.

(Photo credit: The Inter-Mountain / Beth Henry-Vance)

West Virginia Spotlight

150th Anniversary of Storer College in Harpers Ferry


(Photo from the West Virginia & Regional History Center)

Born out of the fiery turmoil of the Civil War, our state was founded by courageous patriots, led by President Abraham Lincoln, who were willing to risk their lives and fortunes in a united pursuit of justice and freedom for all.

Storer College was established by the Reverend Dr. Nathan Cook Brackett and philanthropist John Storer of Sanford, Maine whose goal was to create a school that was open and accepting of all students regardless of gender, race or religion. The College also had the support of such historic leaders as Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Monroe Trotter and Booker T. Washington.

West Virginia is great because our people are great - Mountaineers who will always be free. And like the brave, loyal patriots who made West Virginia the 35th star on Old Glory, our love of God and country and family and state is unshakeable. I know 20, 50, or another 150 years from now, that will always remain the same.


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