CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Familiar faces will remain in leadership positions in the Legislature for the 2013 session, as Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, announced their leadership teams for the 81st Legislature on Monday.
Major committee chairmanships in both houses will remain unchanged in the upcoming 60-day regular session.
However, with Republicans gaining 11 seats in the 100-member House, committee votes could be much closer in 2013, with Democrats having narrow, three-person majorities on the powerful Finance and Judiciary committees.
Each 25-member committee will consist of 14 Democrats and 11 Republicans. Last session, Democrats had a 16-9 edge on Finance, and a 17-8 majority on Judiciary.
Delegate Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, remains finance chairman, while Delegate Doug Reynolds, D-Cabell, becomes committee vice chairman, replacing former Delegate Tom Campbell, D-Greenbrier, who did not seek re-election in 2012.
Likewise, Delegate Tim Miley, D-Harrison, continues as judiciary chairman, while Delegate Tim Manchin, D-Marion, moves up to vice chairman, replacing Delegate Mark Hunt, D-Kanawha.
Hunt will remain on the Judiciary Committee, in addition to becoming chairman of the Political Subdivisions Committee.
"One of the greatest qualities of the House of Delegates is its diversity," Thompson said in a prepared statement. "Our members bring such a variety of expertise and experience to the process, and we want to take full advantage and ensure our committees benefit from it."