WHEELING - Eastern Panhandle resident Patrick Morrisey narrowly defeated five-term incumbent Darrell McGraw Tuesday to become West Virginia's next attorney general.
Unofficial results early this morning from the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office showed Morrisey receiving 316,772 votes in the race over 303,011 statewide for McGraw.
Morrisey thanked the state's voters for electing him, and especially those in the Northern Panhandle. He said he spoke frequently of the changes needed in the attorney general's office while in the Northern Panhandle, and that voters here were especially receptive.
"We have a bold vision of what West Virginia's Attorney General's Office can do to preserve jobs in the state," Morrisey said. "But first we are going to transform the office to put ethics first."
Morrisey, 44, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., is originally from New Jersey. He is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Between 1999 and 2004, Morrisey served as the deputy staff director and chief health care counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.
Morrisey intends to push his 17-point plan to reform the attorney general's office after he takes office in January.
McGraw, 75, of Charleston has served as West Virginia's attorney general since 1993.