"Without question, Rob is truly one of the hardest working public servants I have ever worked with under the Capitol dome," Tomblin said. "Rob never lost focus during his service, and was a constant reminder of why we are here -- to serve all West Virginians."
Tomblin appointed Alsop chief of staff in November 2010, when Tomblin became acting governor.
In addition to the education reform bill, Alsop said he was proud to help the governor reduce the state food tax and develop a plan for funding state employees' pension liabilities. Other accomplishments include public safety measures and new regulations for the natural gas and mining industries, he said.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said Alsop was "incredibly hard-working and organized" as Tomblin's chief of staff.
"Rob Alsop, during his tenure, demonstrated integrity, love of the state of West Virginia, and is one of the most efficient and brightest people I have worked with," Carper said. "I predict a great future for him. He's a good guy."
Alsop previously worked as revenue secretary during former Gov. Joe Manchin's administration. Alsop also served as chief of staff to former Sen. Carte Goodwin, who briefly held the seat following the death of longtime Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
Lorensen became Tomblin's cabinet secretary of revenue in January 2011. He also serves as state budget director and heads the Retail Liquor Licensing Board.
He previously worked as a tax attorney, and as state tax commissioner under former Gov. Gaston Caperton.
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