by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON — Mingo County Democrat Delegate Justin Marcum, who touts his bi-partisanship as a member of the state House of Delegates, says he is excited with his new committee assignments for the upcoming 2017 session. Members of the minority party, such as Marcum, are recommended for committee assignments by the Minority Leader and eventually approved by the Speaker, who is Republican Tim Armstead of Kanawha.
Armstead named Marcum to two major committees: Committee on Energy and the Committee on Government Organization. Marcum told reporters he is honored to be named to two major committees. “Most delegates get only one major committee assignment with some minor committee assignments,” he said. “This is a big deal. I am glad to have the chance to use my seniority to get these assignments and to see my bipartisan approach to the legislature pay off.”
The delegate continued, “I will stand up to my own party or the Republican party if I believe a piece of legislation will hurt the 20th District. I am a firm believer in doing what is right, even if I vote with the majority party.”
Marcum was also named to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Committee on Enrolled Bills and the Banking and Insurance Committee.
Marcum said he is enthusiastic and ready to work. “Being on the Energy Committee gives me the opportunity to fight for coal. It also allows me to use my insight as a former coal miner to help put coal miners back to work.” He added, nevertheless, “it is vital that we diversify the economy of Southern West Virginia.”
The delegate said his primary focus while in Charleston during the 60-day session will be jobs. “I will be working toward the creation of more jobs for our people wherever I am.”
Marcum is Mingo’s longest-serving current legislator. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.