The Green Papers: State and Local Government
Copyright West Virginia
Governor:1(Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2000 Census:1,813,077 (0.64% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:5(0.93% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:3(0.69% of 435)
2010 Census:1,859,815 (0.60% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:5(0.93% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:3(0.69% of 435)

  Alabama    Alaska    American Samoa    Arizona    Arkansas    California    Colorado    Connecticut    Delaware    District of Columbia    Florida    Georgia    Guam    Hawaii    Idaho    Illinois    Indiana    Iowa    Kansas    Kentucky    Louisiana    Maine    Maryland    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Mississippi    Missouri    Montana    Nebraska    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    New Mexico    New York    North Carolina    North Dakota    Northern Marianas    Ohio    Oklahoma    Oregon    Pennsylvania    Puerto Rico    Rhode Island    South Carolina    South Dakota    Tennessee    Texas    Utah    Vermont    Virgin Islands    Virginia    Washington    West Virginia    Wisconsin    Wyoming 

States Alphabetically    Current West Virginia Statewide Office Holders

Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of West Virginia
 Status: STATE of the Union
 previously, the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia that had- unlike the rest of that State- remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War
 Admitted to the Union as a State: 20 June 1863 through Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on 20 April 1863 (13 Stat. 731) that the conditions set forth in the Enabling Act had been satisfactorily met
  The 35th state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Section: SOUTH
 Region: Upper ["Border"] South
 Survey: Metes & Bounds

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act (of the Congress of the United States): 31 December 1862 [12 Stat. 633: recognizing a State government already formed with Admission pending the meeting of specific conditions set by this Enabling Act [NOTE: prior to its first State Constitutional Convention first meeting in November 1861, an earlier State Convention (on 20 August 1861) had adopted an ordinance of secession from Virginia under the name of the 'State of KANAWHA' (this ordinance was later ratified by the People- on 24 October 1861- by a vote of 18,408 to 781); the 1st Constitution, however, formally adopted the name 'State of WEST VIRGINIA']]
1st (1863-1872) [Adopted: 18 February 1862 Convention convened, 26 November 1861, Ratified: 3 April 1862 ratified by vote of 28,321 to 572; effective upon Admission, 20 June 1863]
2nd (1872-) [Adopted: 9 April 1872 Convention convened, 16 January 1872, Ratified: 22 August 1872]

Executive Branch   All States
Chief Executive
Successor to a Vacancy
  President of the State Senate
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2021 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
  Secretary of State: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024
  Treasurer: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024
  Auditor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024
  Commissioner of Agriculture: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024

Legislative Branch   All States
Upper House
Lower House
  House of Delegates

Judicial Branch   All States
Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Court of Appeals

Local Government
  County [Type: Strong, Executive and Legislative: BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]
   district [Type: None, Executive and Legislative: no associated governmental structure]
Incorporated Municipalities  All States

Statutory Election Information   All States
General Election   All States
  Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in November
[WV Constitution: Article IV, Section 7]
Presidential Primary   All States
  at the same time as the State Primary [2d Tuesday in May of even-numbered years (WV Code 3-5-1)] in Presidential Election years
[WV Code 3-5-3]
State Primary   All States
  2d Tuesday in May of even-numbered years
[WV Code 3-5-1]
Polling times   All States
  Polls shall be opened in each precinct on the day of such election at six-thirty o'clock in the forenoon and be closed at seven-thirty o'clock in the evening. [West Virginia Code §3-1-31. Days and hours of elections.]

Links  Links to other web sites
Constitution    All States
  Constitution of West Virginia
Election Authority
  West Virginia Secretary of State
Legislature    All States
  West Virginia Legislature
  West Virginia Democratic Party
  West Virginia Democratic Party
  West Virginia Republican Party
Third Party
  Independent Party of West Virginia
  Justice Party of West Virginia
  Libertarian Party of West Virginia
  The Unity Party of West Virginia
  West Virginians for Life
Media & others
  Bluefield Daily Telegraph
  Braxton Citizens' News - Sutton
  Charleston Daily Mail
  Charleston Gazette-Mail
  Charleston Newspapers
  Clarksburg Exponent Telegram
  Hampshire Review - Romney
  Keyser Mineral Daily News-Tribune
  Mountain Messenger - Lewisburg - West Virginia
  The Dominion Post - Morgantown
  The Herald-Dispatch - Huntington
  The Inter-Mountain - Elkins
  The Lincoln Journal - Hamlin
  The Morgan Messenger - Berkeley Springs
  The Parkersburg News & Sentinel
  The Register Herald - Beckley
  The State Journal - Charleston
  The Times - Fairmont
  The Wayne County News
  The Weston Democrat
  WBOY TV - NBC - Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown
  WDTV TV - CBS - Bridgeport
  West Virginia Metro News - Charleston
  WSAZ TV - NBC - Charleston, Huntington

  State and Local Government Home  
  Historical Data in the STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT section  
  Traditional Sections and Regions   --   Explanation  
  Constitutions   --   Explanation   --   Links to State Constitutions  
  Official Name and Status History   --   Explanation  
  Executive Branch  
  Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide  
  Legislative Branch   --   Links to State Legislatures  
  Length of Terms of LEGISLATORS in the Several States of the American Union  
  Combined Executive and Legislative Branches  
  Judicial Branch - State Court Systems   --   Judiciary Links  
Local Government
  Primary and Minor Civil Divisions     Incorporated Municipalities     Combined Civil Divisions and Incorporated Municipalities  
  Statutory Election Information: General Election, Presidential and State Primary, Polling Times  
  Compilation of Statutes     United States STATUTES AT LARGE: Arrangement  
  United States Code: Arrangement     CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS: Arrangement