CHARLESTON, WV (STL.News) Today, Gov. Jim Justice announced that he has appointed Owens Brown to the 1st Senatorial District seat, which covers Brooke, Hancock, and Ohio counties, as well as part of Marshall County.
Brown, who is from Wheeling and serves at the West Virginia State NAACP President, will be the first African American to serve in the West Virginia State Senate in over 20 years and will be the first ever male African American to serve in the State Senate.
“I congratulate Owens beyond belief. He will do an incredible job,” Gov. Justice said. “I am so proud of this because we need diversity, we need other opinions. So today is a really good day.
Brown fills the seat vacated by Bill Ihlenfeld, who recently resigned from the Senate and was confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District.