Charleston native Hollis T. Lewis has been appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates for District 57, serving Kanawha County, Governor Jim Justice announced.
Lewis succeeds Doug Skaff, who resigned earlier this month after step down as House Democratic leader last month.
"I know Hollis will do a great job," Justice said in a statement Tuesday. "I am very proud to be able to name him and we wish him the best."
Lewis graduated from West Virginia State University and attended law school at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has held several positions since returning to his hometown a decade ago, including Kanawha County magistrate and adjunct professor at West Virginia State University, in addition to volunteering as a football coach and serving on several community boards, Justice said in the statement.
Lewis said he was grateful for the appointment.
“First, I would like to thank God for filling me with vision and purpose,” Lewis said. "I look forward to serving the communities that make up District 57 and the State of West Virginia."
West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Mike Pushkin praised the appointment and said he looked forward to working with “a dedicated community leader who brings extensive experience in the criminal justice system.”
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