CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Arthur "Art" E. Kirkendoll to fulfill the remainder of the governor's term as a member of the West Virginia State Senate. Prior to taking the oath of office of Governor, Gov. Tomblin resigned from his Senate President position and his senate seat where he represented the people of the 7th Senatorial District for the past 31 years. The 7th Senatorial District Committee submitted Kirkendoll's name along with two other candidates to fulfill the unexpired term. The appointment is effective immediately.
"Art is a long-time advocate for the people of Logan County and I believe his dedication to the greater good will easily expand to all corners of the 7th Senatorial District," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. "I have the utmost confidence that Art will diligently represent the people that I have so thoroughly enjoyed representing over my Senate career."
Gov. Tomblin was first elected to public service in 1974, elected to the State Senate in 1980 and has served as the Senate President for the past 17 years. Kirkendoll will represent the 7th Senatorial District comprised of Logan, Boone, Lincoln and Wayne Counties.
First elected in 1981, Art Kirkendoll served a total of 30 years on the Logan County Commission and served as President of the Commission during his tenure. Kirkendoll was a Regional Coordinator for then-Gov. Wise and is a former member of the South Western West Virginia Region 2 Workforce Investment Board. Kirkendoll currently serves as Chairman of the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority Board of Directors. His other community efforts include being a member of the Logan County Emergency Planning Committee, the Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health, Inc. Board, and the Logan County Development Authority Board.
Kirkendoll and his wife, the former Barbara Nelson, reside in Chapmanville and have two sons, Brian (Beth) and Eddie (Tammy), along with five grandchildren.