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Marcum appointed to West Virginia legislature


Justin MarcumJustin Marcum, a 2011 graduate of ASL, recently was sworn in as the newest member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed him to fill former Delegate K. Steve Kominar's seat. Marcum will represent Mingo and Wayne counties.

Marcum, 27, said he was "truly blessed and honored" to have the opportunity. He is taking a leave of absence from his role as a prosecuting attorney in Mingo County to serve in the legislature. He will be a member of the education committee and political subdivision committee, and said fighting for miners and teachers will be among his top priorities.

During his time at ASL, Marcum, a former miner, penned a resolution calling for a day of appreciation for coal miners that was passed in both the West Virginia legislature and U.S. Congress. He has been active in politics as former leader of Mingo County's Young Democrats.

"Justin is a young man who has displayed a passion for public service," Gov. Tomblin said. "As an Assistant County Prosecutor as well as an elected member of the West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 6th district, Justin has shown he values the ability and the rewards of working for the benefit of others. Such a trait will serve the people of the 20th Delegate District well."

Marcum earned his bachelor's at Marshall University. He lives with his wife, Latisha, in Williamson, W.Va.