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Jeff Kessler

Jeff Kessler
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
November 10, 1997
Preceded by Larry Wiedebusch
Minority Leader of the Senate of
West Virginia
Assumed office
January 14, 2015
Preceded by Mike Hall
President of the Senate of
West Virginia
In office
November 15, 2010 – January 14, 2015
Acting: November 15, 2010 – November 14, 2011
Preceded by Earl Ray Tomblin
Succeeded by Bill Cole
Personal details
Born Jeffrey Vincent Kessler
(1955-11-16) November 16, 1955
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gretchen Kessler
Alma mater West Liberty University
West Virginia University, Morgantown
Religion Roman Catholicism

Jeffrey Vincent "Jeff" Kessler (born November 16, 1955) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate in the United States, representing the 2nd District since his appointment in November 1997 and subsequent reelections. He is currently the minority leader of the Senate.

Kessler previously served as President of the Senate/Lieutenant Governor, Acting President of the Senate and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Kessler sought the Democratic nomination for governor in the May 14, 2011, primary, and was unsuccessful. Kessler is also involved in private practice, where he is a partner in the law firm Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor & Gordon.

Kessler was born November 16, 1955 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the son of George Henry Kessler (1924–2009) and Rosemary Krupica Kessler (1930–1978). He is a 1974 graduate of Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen, West Virginia. He also attended West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University) in Wheeling, West Virginia, and the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia.

External links

  • West Virginia Legislature - Senator Jeff Kessler official government website
  • Project Vote Smart - Senator Jeffrey V. Kessler (WV) profile
  • Follow the Money - Jeff Kessler
    • 2008 2006 2004 2000 1998 Senate campaign contributions
Political offices
Preceded by
Earl Ray Tomblin
President of the West Virginia Senate
Acting: 2010–2011

Succeeded by
Bill Cole
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