Hanshaw Good Pick As Speaker of House

A local man who has known Roger Hanshaw, of Clay County, for years described him to us as exceedingly intelligent, dedicated to public service and with “no ego.”

Last week, Hanshaw, 38, was elected speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

First elected to the House in 2014, Hanshaw, a Republican, will serve at least until January. He was named to replace former Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, who stepped down to take a state Supreme Court post.

Early indications are that some House Democrats — who, of course, wished one of their number had been selected — are not at all unhappy with Hanshaw.

Good. While he and Democrats will differ on policy frequently, the ability to keep disagreements from becoming personal dislikes is important.

At the same time, strong, decisive leadership will be vital in the Legislature. We trust Hanshaw will provide it, because our state still needs critical reforms. Any ability Hanshaw has to bring Republicans and Democrats together will be tested severely.

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