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Keith Burdette
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West Virginia Secretary of Commerce
Incumbent
In office
January 2011 - Present
Years in position 3
PartyNon-partisan
Compensation
Base salary$70,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 20, 2010
Appointed byGov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia State Senate
1982 – 1994
West Virginia House of Delegates
1978 – 1982
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Keith Burdette is the current West Virginia Secretary of Commerce. He was first appointed to the position by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on December 20, 2010.[1]

Biography

Burdette entered public service in 1978 when he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates. After serving two terms, he was elected to the West Virginia State Senate where he quickly rose through the ranks to become the youngest President of the Senate in the state's history. He left the legislature in 1994 to form a government relations and consulting business, but later returned to public service following the 2000 election of Bob Wise as the Mountain State's governor. In November 2004 Burdette was hired to manage and operate the Area Roundtable and the Wood County Development Authority, where he served until his appointment as commerce secretary.[2]

Political career

West Virginia Secretary of Commerce (2011 - Present)

Burdette was first appointed secretary in December 2010 and took office in January 2011.

West Virginia State Senate (1982 - 1994)

Burdette was first elected to the first of his three terms in the state senate in 1982, when he was just 27 years old. He served as a member of both the Finance and Judiciary committees. During his second term, Burdette became Majority Leader and in September 1989 became the youngest person ever elected President of the Senate in West Virginia at just 34 years old.

While in the Senate, Burdette worked to reform the state's ethics laws and overhaul education funding and the Public Insurance Program.

West Virginia House of Delegates (1978 - 1982)

Burdette was just 22 years old when he first won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates, making him one of the chamber's youngest members ever. He served for two terms before being elected to the West Virginia State Senate.

Appointments

2010

Burdette was appointed as West Virginia Secretary of Commerce by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on December 20, 2010. Tomblin stated, “Keith has a very strong combination of legislative knowledge and a thorough business acumen that will allow West Virginia’s strong and growing presence in the global business community to continue."[3]

Personal

Burdette was named the West Virginia Jaycees Outstanding Young West Virginian in 1991. The following year, the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce named him one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans.

Burdette and his wife, Pat, live in Parkersburg. He has two sons and two stepsons.[2]

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