Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 9, 2013

W.Va. Senate, House re-elect top leaders

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature is sticking with its top leaders in the House and Senate for the next two years.

Senators re-elected President Jeff Kessler of Marshall County on Wednesday, while House Speaker Rick Thompson of Wayne County was voted to a fourth term at that post.

Voters gave Republicans 11 more seats in the House. That increased their ranks to 46 of 100 delegates.

The GOP picked up three Senate seats. Democrats still hold 25 of 34 spots there.

Each body will also elect the non-member officers of clerk, doorkeeper and sergeant-at-arms and accept statewide election results before recessing until Feb. 13. Their regular session begins then with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin delivering his proposed budget and his State of the State address.

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