Tomblin appoints Kinsey
CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Timothy R. Kinsey of Lavalette on Tuesday morning to fill the House of Delegates seat that was vacated when Rick Thompson resigned as House speaker over the weekend.
Kinsey, a 64-year-old Democrat, will represent the 19th District along with Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne. The district includes most of Wayne County. Kinsey is retired with 41 years of experience in banking.
He also serves as vice chairman of the Wayne County Economic Development Authority and is co-chairman of the Western Gate Land Development Corp., which is the authority’s real estate arm.
Kinsey will serve the remainder of Thompson’s unexpired term, which runs through December 2014. Thompson announced in May that he would leave the House of Delegates to become cabinet secretary for the Department of Veterans Assistance.
Perdue said Kinsey was driving to Charleston on Tuesday morning to be sworn in and participate in the vote for a new House speaker.
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