by Ron Gregory
WASHINGTON, DC — In case there has been any question, Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia’s 3rd District made it clear today that he is still one of the state’s congressmen.
Jenkins was previously appointed by Governor Jim Justice to temporarily fill a vacancy on the state supreme court, which is a non-partisan position. While many have questioned Jenkins’ continued service as a partisan congressman after being appointed to the court, he has not resigned the congressional post.
Although supporters say Jenkins, who is also a candidate for election to a term on the supreme court, has promised to resign when he is sworn in as a justice. Many believe Jenkins has used the congressional post to his advantage, including appearing as a fellow party Republican when President Donald Trump recently visited Charleston.
Jenkins has remained largely silent in his congressional role until today when he issued a statement about Hurricane Florence.
“With West Virginia in the probable path for Hurricane Florence, I have advised Governor Jim Justice, Major General James Hoyer, West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato, and other state and local officials that I stand ready to expedite any request for federal assistance or a disaster declaration if needed,” Jenkins said. “I will assist our state and local agencies as they work to help West Virginians in need.”
Jenkins was already giving up his congressional seat, having run in the May Republican primary for U.S. Senate and lost.