WELLSBURG - After serving in the West Virginia House of Delegates for 24 years, Del. Roy E. Givens, D-Brooke, said he won't seek another term.
Givens cited health issues for his decision to step down from the role he's held for 24 years. He said he wanted to make that decision public for the benefit of individuals interested in running for the seat in the May 8 primary election and Nov. 6 general election.
The filing period for candidates for federal, state and county offices begins Monday and continues through Jan. 28.
Tim Ennis, who also represents the 2nd Delegate District in the House, has announced he will resign this week following his appointment to fill the unexpired term of Bernie Kazienko in the Brooke County Commission.
The two seats have been reduced to one, beginning in 2013, with the redistricting of the state Legislature in August to reflect changes in population.
Givens said he has been undergoing kidney dialysis and while he will continue to serve the remainder of his current term, felt it best to focus on his health afterward.
He was asked if he will volunteer at the county level as he had done during a three-year hiatus from service in the state Legislature.
As volunteer project coordinator, Givens was involved in the transfer of the former Windsor Coal Mine's main headquarters donated to the county for use as the new animal shelter and in securing funds for the shelter and other projects.
Givens had been defeated by current state Senator Jack Yost when Yost ran for one of the two House seats but was re-elected to the seat later.
Prior to serving in the state Legislature, Givens was a member of the Brooke County Board of Education for 10 years.
A veteran of the Korean War and a long-time House chairman for veterans affairs, Givens' first bill called for the state's license plate fee to be waived for former prisoners of war. The bill was signed into law.
Later he worked with U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and others in securing federal and state funds for the state nursing home for veterans in Clarksburg.
A Wellsburg resident, he and his wife, Delores, have two children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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