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Orphy Klempa Resigns Senate Seat to Join Ohio County Commission

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Democratic and Republican lawmakers in West Virginia held another round of closed door meetings Monday to discuss who should lead the 81st Legislature.

Local Senate President Jeff Kessler won the unanimous backing of fellow Democrats for a full-term Sunday. Also during Sunday's democratic caucus, Senator Orphy Klempa turned in his letter of resignation to President Kessler. Klempa was elected to serve as Ohio County Commissioner during last month's general election, but waited to resign his senate seat until president Kessler was nominated.

He says he's looking forward to coordinating with other counties to work on our local economy as a whole.

"I just want to put together a group of county commissioners that understand and believe that if it's not possible to do in Ohio county, lets make sure its done in Belmont County, in Brooke or Hancock, or Jefferson or Marshall, etc.," he says. "We're pulling together because we understand that what's good for any county's economy is good for all counties economies."

Klempa says his resignation is effective Monday because that allows plenty of time for his seat to be filled by January 9th's full senate vote for Senate President.