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Two West Virginia Republicans are making history.

Two West Virginia Republicans are making history. Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President and Lt. Governor Bill Cole are the first Republicans to take the rostrum since the Capitol building opened in 1932. Through the Great Depression, 14 presidents and 16 governors, no Republican has wielded the gavel in either chamber. But that changed when Armstead, a 16-year House veteran, helped his party win control of the West Virginia House for the first time in 83 years. The November election threw the Senate into a tie, something that happened twice before--in 1910 and 1912. But a day after the election. Democratic Senator Daniel Hall switched parties and gave the GOP control of both chambers. The Senate selected Cole, first elected to the Senate in 2012.

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Title Annotation:NEWSMAKERS; Tim Armstead; Bill Cole
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5WV
Date:Feb 1, 2015
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