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Trump will not seek re-election in 2006

December 13, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Del. Charles S. Trump IV announced Monday he will not run for re-election to the West Virginia Legislature in 2006.

Trump, R-Morgan, who has been House minority leader since 1998, said he wants to spend more time with his family.

"My children are growing up fast, and I want to be able to spend more time with them," Trump, a father of three, said in a statement.

Trump, 45, is a Berkeley Springs' attorney. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1992, when it had 21 GOP members. Republicans now hold 32 of the chamber's 100 seats, the press release indicated.

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Most recently elected to two-year terms in the House and as minority leader last year, Trump said he announced his plans early to allow others to shape theirs for 2006. Trump's district includes Morgan County and part of Hampshire County, the release said.

"He's a longtime friend of mine," said Tommy Swaim, Morgan County Commissioner. "We will be hard-pressed to replace someone of his caliber because he is a true statesman and a gentlemen at all times.

"He has a tremendous ability to work with either side of the aisle. He will be a great loss to Morgan County," Swaim said.

Trump has begun a tradition of marking Lincoln's birthday with a floor speech honoring the former president, and tried unsuccessfully to block legislation earlier this year that removed it as an official state holiday, the release said.

House Speaker, Bob Kiss, D-Raleigh, said he's grown to consider Trump a friend as well as an able colleague.

"I think he's far more concerned with solving problems than with whether there's a "D" or an "R" after your name," Kiss said in a news release. "He's tremendously talented. He's one of the brightest people I've served with."

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