Morrisey announces transition team

CHARLES TOWN – A number of prominent lawyers, lawmakers and business leaders — including a number from the Eastern Panhandle — have been tapped by Patrick Morrisey to fill out the incoming attorney general’s transition team.

The team will “examine the key issues and matters that will confront (Morrisey) in the coming months,” according to a statement released by Morrisey’s campaign.

Mark A. Carter of Charleston, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and a former presidential appointee, and former governor’s office deputy general counsel Patrick R. Esposito II of Morgantown have been named co-chairpersons of the team, Morrisey said.

The committee will be divided into three working groups. One will be devoted to process and planning, a second to personnel and a third to policy.

In a statement released Tuesday, Morrisey said the team, which is composed of both Democrats and Republicans, brings a fresh perspective that will assist him in preparing to lead the attorney general’s office.

“We have assembled a strong steering committee of leaders to help ensure that we are ready to serve the citizens of West Virginia on inauguration day,” Morrisey said. “In the days and weeks ahead, I also look forward to expanding this steering committee and the transition team to ensure that we receive counsel from the best and brightest in our state.” The team includes two individuals from Jefferson County: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Groh and HFI Wealth Management CEO Rob Hoxton. The team also includes two members from Berkeley County: recently-defeated House of Delegates member Walter Duke and Bowles Rice attorney Michael Caryl. From Morgan County, prosecuting attorney Debra McLaughlin was also selected.

Other members of the transition team are: Julia Chico Abbitt of Jackson Kelly; House Minority Leader Tim Armstead; Benjamin Bailey, a partner at Bailey & Glasser; Sen. Donna Boley, of Pleasants County; Delegate Bill Cole, of Mercer County; Hurricane city attorney and Putnam County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Steve Connolly; Jackson Kelly attorney Stephen Crislip;, Frankovitch, Anetakis, Colantonio & Simon partner Eric Frankovitch; Bowles Rice senior partner Tom Graff; Kesner, Kesner & Bramble partner Dan Greear; Citizens for Coal President Roger Horton; former Secretary of State Betty Ireland; Sen. Evan Jenkins of Cabell County; former commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission Charlotte Lane; Delegate John Shott of Mercer County; Delegate Erikka Kerr Storch of Ohio County; Steptoe & Johnson chairman Robert Steptoe Jr.; West Virginia United Hospital System deputy general counsel Beth Walker and AARP state director Gaylene Miller.

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