CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Senate president who was defeated in the Republican primary last year will become the state economic development director, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday.
Justice said Carmichael “can be a terrific asset” as the head of the state Development Office.
Justice said that the state must work constantly on economic development and diversification and expanding tourism.
“We feel like with his personality — and his stuck on ‘on’ personality and everything — that he can really bring some real oomph to us there,” Justice said.
Carmichael, a Jackson County Republican, lost in the June Senate primary to elementary school teacher Amy Nichole Grady of Mason County, who went on to win the general election.
Carmichael served as Senate president from 2017 to 2020 and was made the target of teachers who packed the state Capitol during strikes in 2018 and 2019.