An era in local representation at the West Virginia State Capitol officially has come to an end.
Monday was Roy Givens' final day as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, marking the close of 26 years representing the residents of the Northern Panhandle in Charleston. He is the second-longest serving member in House history.
We wish to take this time to thank Givens for his almost three decades of service as a state lawmaker and wish him well in his future endeavors. We are certain his retirement as a delegate will not be the last we will hear from him.
In addition to his time in Charleston, Givens spent 10 years as a member of the Brooke County Board of Education and served several years as a volunteer project coordinator for the Brooke County Commission, playing a key role in the establishment of the county's new animal shelter and other projects. He also secured grants to assist with renovations to the county courthouse and was the local coordinator for the FEMA buyout program.
The nation's servicemen and women have especially been close to Givens' heart, having himself served as an Army medic during the Korean War.
His first piece of legislation provided free license plates for West Virginia veterans who were prisoners of war. He also worked to secure funding for the state's first veterans nursing home and the West Virginia Women Veterans Memorial. The memorial was dedicated last year.
Closer to home, he worked toward expansion of the Brooke County Public Library and the Pioneer Trail among many other projects.
Future House members representing our area certainly have big shoes to fill. It will take a great deal of effort, especially these days, to even come close to all of Givens' accomplishments and visible contributions to the Northern Panhandle and the state of West Virginia.
We thank Givens for all he has done, and look forward to what you may have in store for us in the years to come.