Located in the Southern region of the United States, the state of West Virginia is bordered by Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Nicknamed “the Mountain state,” West Virginia was the 35th state admitted to the Union in 1863. In addition to being one of the key Civil War border states, today West Virginia is know for its mountains, diverse terrain and coal mining. West Virginia’s capital and largest city is the City of Charleston. Currently, there are two Democratic members of the U.S. Senate, a total of 3 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 34 members of the West Virginia State Senate and 100 members of the West Virginia House of Representatives. As of September 2013, West Virginia is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas.
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