Pasdon resigns House seat

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Pasdon resigns House seat
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates leadership team announced her resignation in a news release Wednesday posted on the legislature’s website.

House Education Committee Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia) called her decision, which takes effect Jan. 1, a difficult one.

“I have truly enjoyed the past five years representing my constituents and serving in the House. However, after consulting with my family, I’ve decided I need to take a step back and focus on a personal matter. I will miss my colleagues in the House, but know they will continue to take bold steps to improve our state,” Pasdon said in the news release.

Pasdon, 35, of Morgantown, was first elected in November 2010. She won reelection in 2012 and again in 2014 when the Republicans gained control of the House for the first time in decades. New House Speaker Tim Armstead appointed Pasdon as education committee chair before the 2015 regular session.

Armstead praised Pasdon’s work in Wednesday’s announcement.

“Amanda has been a strong, intelligent and energetic member of our caucus who has taken great strides in improving our state’s education system and economy,” Armstead said. “I’m sad to lose her in the House, but understand and fully support her decision. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.”

A Republican executive committee representing the 51st Delegate District will meet and submit the names of three Republicans to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin who will make the final call on who replaces Pasdon in 2016.

Armstead said he’s far along in the process of choosing a new education committee chair.

“During the 2015 session, Amanda and the Education Committee tackled a number of important issues that have helped to move our state’s educational system forward,” Armstead said. “I am confident the new chairman of the Education Committee will build upon the Chairman Pasdon’s accomplishments and we will see tremendous progress in educating our students.”