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West Virginia Secretary of Commerce
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $392,275
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Concurrent with the term of the governor
Authority:  West Virginia Code §5F-1-2
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Keith Burdette
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $70,000
Other West Virginia Executive Offices
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The West Virginia Secretary of Commerce is an appointed state executive position in the West Virginia state government. The Department of Commerce was created in 2005, when the West Virginia Legislature reorganized the Bureau of Commerce and "renamed the office, consolidated additional agencies under the department, and created the cabinet-level position of Secretary of Commerce, who is the chief executive officer of the department."[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Keith Burdette. 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 at commerce secretary.[2]


The office of the secretary of commerce is established by §5F-1-2 of the West Virginia Code.[3]


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West Virginia state government organizational chart

The Secretary of Commerce is appointed by the governor, by and with the consent of the Senate, for the term for which the governor is elected.[4]


In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a replacement, by and with the consent of the Senate, for the term for which the governor is elected.


The duties of the Department of Commerce include:[5]

  • Budget Coordination - "The Department coordinates and approves the budget requests of all its agencies, including all improvement packages. In this process budget requests are compared against the successful management of the agency, as well as the prioritization of policy initiatives. This permits the limited staff resources at Commerce to be focused effectively upon the most appropriate use of state revenues."
  • Employment Activities - "The Department reviews and approves the hiring of all employees in each of its agencies. This permits the Department to work with its agencies in providing for the best use of employee resources and ensuring that budget and management guidelines are met."
  • Weekly Reports - "The Department receives a weekly written report from each division director. These reports update the Department on the ongoing operations of each division, including whether and how a division is addressing any particular problem or priority matter."
  • Marketing and Communications Assessment - "Through its newly created Marketing and Communications Office, the Department coordinates and facilitates the media activities of all its agencies, including print, TV and Internet exposure. This is done in conjunction with the Governor’s Office so that the public, as well as other branches of government, are provided with accurate and consistent information. In order to highlight the joint economic impact of its agencies and provide the most effective use of budgeted funds, the Department places a particular emphasis on interagency cooperation in its marketing efforts."


The Department of Commerce includes the following agencies:[6]

  • Development office
  • Energy
  • Forestry
  • Geological and economic survey
  • Labor
  • Miner's health, safety & training
  • Natural resources
  • Tourism
  • Workforce West Virginia

State budget

The budget for the Secretary of Commerce's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $392,275.[7]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the secretary of commerce was paid an estimated $70,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

West Virginia Department of Commerce
1900 Kanawha Blvd
East Capitol Complex
Building 6, room 525
Charleston, WV 25305-0311

Phone: 304-558-2234
Toll-free: 1-800-982-3386
Fax: 304-558-1189
E-mail: Secretary Burdette

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