Del. Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, currently also serving as speaker pro tempore of the House of Delegates, has announced he will seek an eighth term in 2014.
Swartzmiller recently filed pre-candidacy papers with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office.
During his time as a member of the House, Swartzmiller has held various leadership positions, including serving as chair of the committee on homeland security and assistant majority whip for the past 10 years.
He was named speaker pro tempore in 2013, making him the first delegate from the Northern Panhandle to hold the position.
"Serving the hardworking citizens of Hancock and Brooke counties is a privilege and an honor. I take the responsibility of being a public servant very seriously and have always taken a common sense approach to legislation we have worked on," Swartzmiller said. "I look forward to continuing to be the strong experienced voice in Charleston that the citizens and business of the 1st District deserve."
Swartzmiller first was elected to the House in 2000 and represents the 1st District, which includes Hancock County and portions of Brooke County.
While an employee at Weirton Steel Corp., he earned a bachelor's degree from West Liberty University. He later earned a master's degree from Mountain State University.
Swartzmiller and his wife, Jeanmarie, have been married for 22 years.
They live in Chester and have two daughters, Taylor, who attends West Virginia University, and Molly, who attends Oak Glen High School.