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W.Va. State Senator Mike Woelfel chosen as Senate Minority Leader

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The elected Democrats in the West Virginia Senate met Tuesday to select their new Minority Leader for the 86th Legislature. Senator Mike Woelfel (D-Cabell) was chosen to replace Stephen Baldwin (D-Greenbrier), who did not win his bid for re-election to the Senate.

Senator Mike Woelfel

“I am grateful and humble to selected by my peers for this key position,” said Woelfel.

Woelfel practices law with his son Matthew in Huntington. He was first elected to the Senate in 2014, and previously served as Minority Whip. In 2020, Woelfel was the recipient of the “Visionary Voice Award” by the Foundation for Rape Information and Services in recognition of his tireless advocacy for survivors of sexual abuse.

“Our caucus will remain laser focused on economic development, public education, infrastructure and constituent services,” said Woelfel. “Every day we will continue to work across the aisle to move West Virginia forward.”  

Senator Robert Plymale (D-Wayne) was selected as Minority Whip.