CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Josh Barker to represent the people of the 22nd District in the House of Delegates. Barker fills the vacancy created when former Del. Josh Stowers resigned.
"I've known Josh his entire life and am pleased to appoint such an advocate for the people to the House of Delegates," Gov. Tomblin said. "His experience managing the town of Danville along with his keen understanding of important issues affecting working men and women and the coal mining region will guide him in this new capacity."
The Chapmanville native's public service career includes serving as Town Manager for the Town of Danville for the past five years and working for the West Virginia Division of Highways. Barker is member of the West Virginia Municipal Leagues' Board of Directors for Town Managers, a former member of the Madison Rotary Club, and has served as an assistant high school football coach at Chapmanville High School, his alma mater.
Barker attended Marshall University and earned a certificate in oil and gas well management from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
The avid outdoorsman is married to Jill Lambert Barker, Vice Principal at Chapmanville High School. The couple resides in Ellis Fork of Big Ugly with their daughter, Katy Grace.
Amy Shuler Goodwin