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Tomblin Appoints Former Mayor to House

Office of the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed Steven Shaffer, the former mayor of Tunnelton, to fill a vacancy in the state House of Delegates.

The vacancy in the 52nd District was created when long time Delegate Larry Williams resigned. Williams took a new position at the state Department of Agriculture overseeing deer and elk farming in northern West Virginia.

Oversight of the farming program was transferred from the state's Division of Natural Resources to the DA during the 2015 legislative session to encourage growth in the industry.

Shaffer was elected mayor of Tunnelton, located in Preston County, in 1980 and served on the county's Board of Education from 1996 through 2000.

A former coal miner, Shaffer received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fairmont State University in 2000 and graduate from West Virginia University's College of Law in 2003. 

Shaffer then served as the assistant prosecutor for Preston County from 2003 to 2005. He is currently a partner at Estep & Shaffer, L.L.C. Attorneys at Law in Kingwood. 

"I'm confident Steve's community involvement, as well as his knowledge of local government, will give him a unique perspective to serve the people of Preston County in his new role," Tomblin said in a press release Thursday.

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