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Jeffrey Kessler
Kessler jeffrey.jpg
West Virginia State Senate District 2
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 18
President of the Senate, West Virginia State Senate
2011 - Present
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWest Liberty State College, 1977
J.D.West Virginia University College of Law, 1981
Date of birthNovember 16, 1955
Place of birthWheeling, WV
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Jeffrey V. Kessler (b. November 16, 1955) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 2. He was first appointed to the chamber in 1997.

He was elected as the first Acting Senate President in state history on January 12, 2011, after Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin (D) became acting governor after former Gov. Joe Manchin (D) won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2010.[1] On November 14, 2011, Kessler was sworn in as Senate President.[2]


Kessler earned his BA from West Liberty State College in 1977. He went on to earn his JD from West Virginia College of Law in 1981.

Kessler has worked as attorney/partner for Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor and Gordon since 1983. Previously, Kessler worked as an associate for Rickey, Chase, Chase and Hyre from 1981 to 1983. He then served as a Municipal Court Judge for McMechen, West Virginia from 1982 to 1989. From the year of 1983 to 1997, Kessler also worked as City Attorney for Benwood, West Virginia. He went on to work as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Marshall County, West Virginia from 1985 to 2000. [3]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kessler served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Chair
Government and Finance
Special Investigations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kessler served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kessler served on these committees:



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Kessler ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 2. Kessler ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]


See also: West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011 and West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

Kessler was one of six candidates running for the Democratic nomination in West Virginia's special election for governor. Other candidates included Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, State Treasurer John D. Perdue, House Speaker Richard Thompson, Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, and Charleston, W.Va. landlord Arnie Moltis.[2]

His platform included raising the visibility of vocational schools, reforming the prison system, and keeping more mineral revenue in the state; he told an interviewer, "I’d rather see them leave it in the ground than give it away to someone else."[7]

Kessler placed 5th in the May 14, 2011 primary, with 5.30%

2011 Race for Governor - Democratic Primary
Candidates Percentage
Jeffrey V. Kessler 5.30%
Arnie Moltis 0.38%
John D. Perdue 12.54%
Natalie E. Tenant 17.30%
Richard "Rick" Thompson 24.11%
Green check mark.jpg Earl Ray Tomblin 40.37%
Total votes 126,888


Kessler's seat was not up for election in 2010.[8]


On November 4, 2008, Jeffrey Kessler was elected to the West Virginia State Senate, District 2. [9]

Kessler raised $23,875 for his campaign, while Brunner raised $5,295.[10]

West Virginia State Senate District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Kessler (D) 23,875 63.77%
Frederick Brunner (R) 13,564 36.23%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Kessler raised $108,296 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Scott Segal $2,000
West Virginia Association of Realtors $2,000
West Virginia Hospital Association $2,000
Robert Fitzsimmons $2,000


Jeffrey and his wife, Gretchen, have four children; Jacob, Lauren, Jackson, and Hastings.

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