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Walker appointed to complete Tabb's term

November 20, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin on Friday announced his appointment of businessman and educator Terry Lee Walker to complete the unexpired term of former Del. Bob Tabb.

"Terry is very involved in his community and he will bring a clear, strong and balanced voice to Charleston," Manchin said in a prepared statement.

"I am confident that he will represent the residents of Berkeley and Jefferson counties very well. I look forward to working with him to continue to move West Virginia forward."

Manchin commended the public service of Del. Bob Tabb, who stepped down from the West Virginia House of Delegates 56th district seat at the end of October to accept a position with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

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In an interview Friday, Walker, 52, of Leetown, said he expects to take the oath of office Dec. 6 or 7.

A graduate of Jefferson High School, Walker said he attended Salem College on a basketball scholarship and then worked in the corporate world for 25 years.

Walker said he believes his background with a Fortune 500 company will be an asset in representing Eastern Panhandle residents. The 56th district includes parts of Jefferson and Berkeley counties.

Walker was introduced by Manchin on Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new section of W.Va. 9, which is being widened to four lanes from the Virginia line through Jefferson County to Martinsburg in Berkeley County.

Walker and his wife, Margaret, lost their only child, 17-year-old Terry Lee Walker Jr. in seven-vehicle, chain reaction crash on the W.Va. 9 bridge over Opequon Creek in 2002.

Walker told the crowd gathered for the ceremony in Charles Town that he was "honored to serve the fine folks of the Eastern Panhandle."

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