Kinsey to join Perdue in 19th
CHARLESTON -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Timothy Kinsey of Lavalette on Tuesday morning to fill the House of Delegates seat that was previously occupied by former House Speaker Rick Thompson.
Kinsey, a 64-year-old Democrat, will join Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, in representing the 19th District. The district includes most of Wayne County.
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. He officially started his new position Monday.
Kinsey was sworn in Tuesday before a special session in which the House elected Delegate Tim Miley, D-Harrison, as its new speaker.
Kinsey was notified of the appointment Tuesday morning and drove to Charleston where he was sworn in and participated in the vote for a new speaker. He said the governor's appointment capped off a whirlwind 12-hour period that included being one of three candidates nominated for the delegate seat Monday evening by the Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee and becoming a grandfather for the fourth time just a few hours later.
Kinsey recently retired as regional president of United National Bank for Cabell and Wayne counties. Altogether, he has been in banking for 41 years. 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 said Wayne County is progressing with a planned lodge and conference center at Beech Fork and the Heartland Intermodal Gateway at Prichard. The Prichard facility, however, will require additional funding in the future, Kinsey said. Having a delegate with four decades of experience in the banking industry will help gain support and funding for that project, he said.
"I've worked with Tim for several years. He is outstanding when it comes to being knowledgeable on financial matters, and he is very community-oriented," said Perdue, who is executive director of the Wayne County Economic Development Authority. "He's going to be a real asset to the body and to the state."
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EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Marshall University; honors graduate of School for Bank Administration at University of Wisconsin; graduate of West Virginia School of Banking
PROFESSION: Retired banker
CIVIC DUTIES: Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Directors; Unlimited Futures Inc. Board of Directors; vice chairman of Wayne County Economic Development Authority.
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