Democrats in the West Virginia State Senate agreed to keep Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, as their president for the next two years. The decision, yet to be formalized in a vote, was made during a meeting Dec. 9.
Kessler became Senate president last year, succeeding now-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
There never was any real doubt Kessler would retain the post, though there had been some speculation he might face a challenge. The political ability Kessler showed in lining up the votes to succeed Tomblin made it clear attempting to replace him would be an exceedingly difficult task.
Part of the reason Senate Democrats chose wisely is that Kessler, while a staunch supporter of the party and its ideals, has gone out of his way to work well with Republican legislators. He understands more progress can be made that way than by adopting a hard-nosed attitude. He is right about that, and should pursue that policy in the future.
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