Tomblin Appoints Republican Sue Cline to Fill Senate Vacancy
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Brenton, W.Va., resident Sue Cline to fill the vacancy left in the West Virginia Senate after Daniel Hall's resignation.
Cline's appointment comes after a decision from the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Friday ordering Tomblin to appoint a Republican to the seat.
A Republican, Hall resigned from the Senate in January, but because he switched party affiliations in 2014, the West Virginia Democratic Party questioned the appointment. Democrats argued a member of their party should be appointed to the seat because Hall was a Democrat at the time of his election to office.
Cline is a realtor in the Beckley area and served as the vice president of the Pineville Area Chamber of Commerce. She has also been a member of the Wyoming County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Cline will likely take her oath of office Monday.