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Del. Tabb to step down to take W.Va. ag post

October 19, 2009|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - State Del. Bob Tabb, a fourth-generation Jefferson County farmer, has been appointed West Virginia assistant commissioner of agriculture and will step down from his seat in the state House of Delegates.

Tabb, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, said Sunday he was appointed by Gus R. Douglass, West Virginia agriculture commissioner.

Tabb, 57, assumes his duties in Charleston, W.Va., on Nov. 1.

"It is quite an honor to be put on the commissioner's team," Tabb said of his appointment.

Douglass approached him about the job, he said.

"I have a passion for agriculture and feel I am well-suited to work under the commissioner in all 55 counties," he said.

He is serving his fourth term in the sprawling 56th Delegate District, which spans parts of Jefferson and Berkeley counties.

A local Democratic committee will nominate three candidates to fill out his term through Dec. 31, 2010, and send them on to the governor to make the final choice, Tabb said.

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He said he has enjoyed representing the people in the 56th district for the past seven years.

The 56th District was created in 2002 following the 2000 census. Tabb is the first delegate for the district, which cuts a wide swath through Jefferson and Berkeley counties. In Jefferson County, it touches Leetown, Middleway and Summit Point then goes west into Berkeley County at Baker Heights and across Interstate 81, Tabb said.

He said he will work during the week in Charleston at his new commission post and commute home on weekends, much like he does when the Legislature is in session.

"It's only 325 miles," he said.

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