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Gov. Justice Appoints Nicholas Co. Farmer To Fill State Senate Vacancy

Will Price
West Virginia Legislative Photography

Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday he has appointed John “J.R.” Pitsenbarger to the West Virginia Senate to represent the 11th district.

According to a news release, Pitsenbarger is a fifth generation farmer in Nicholas County, where he owns and operates a farm named after his family.  

He has also worked as a field enumerator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Charleston. 

Pitsenbarger currently serves as vice president of the West Virginia Farm Bureau and chairman of the Board of Governors of the WVU Extension Service for Nicholas County. 

He’ll replace Sen. Greg Boso, who resigned from the seat in September. 


The 11th senatorial district covers all of Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties, as well as part of Grant County.


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