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Del. Larry Pack joins Justice administration as senior adviser

Photo Courtesy/WV Legislative Photography Cutline: Delegate Larry Pack will resign from the House of Delegates and become a senior adviser to Gov. Jim Justice

CHARLESTON – Delegate Larry Pack, a Republican who has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates for nearly two years, will join Gov. Jim Justice as a senior adviser.

Justice announced Pack’s employment in a press release Monday morning. Pack will join Roman Stauffer, Justice’s senior adviser for federal affairs and outreach, as part of the team advising the governor as he finishes up the last nearly two years of his final term.

“Larry is a dear friend and trusted adviser to me on a range of issues,” Justice said. “He will bring a wealth of wisdom to my administration from his decades of private sector experience. This position is perfect for Larry because he truly loves this state and wants to give back in public service differently than he has before.”

Pack is a retired businessman with decades of expertise in accounting and senior living. He recently sold Stonerise, a senior transitional care company with 17 facilities in West Virginia and Ohio. He also co-founded Pack Lambert and Burdette, an accounting firm that later merged with Suttle and Stalnaker. He lives in Charleston with his wife Lisa.

“I am excited to start in this role, supporting Gov. Justice as he continues to build on an unprecedented era of success and prosperity in West Virginia,” Pack said. “Gov. Justice will go down in history as the greatest governor West Virginia has ever had, and I want to be a part of making the remaining two years in his term stand out as two of the best.”

Pack was elected as a Republican to the House of Delegates in 2020, representing the current 35th District that includes parts of Charleston, South Charleston, St. Albans, Nitro and Dunbar. He is an assistant majority whip and serves on multiple committees, including the House Judiciary Committee and Health and Human Resources Committee. Pack said he will resign from the House.

“I appreciate Speaker (Roger) Hanshaw and my colleagues in the House of Delegates for their friendship and our service together,” Pack said. “I am thankful to the voters of House District 35, who gave me the honor of representing them in the House of Delegates. I will always work to make West Virginia shine in this new role and beyond.”

Justice’s appointment of Pack also will mean Pack will have to withdraw as the Republican candidate for the new 56th House District. The 35th District was one of the last multi-member House districts. For the first time, the House was divided into 100 single-member districts. Pack shared the 35th District with Republican Moore Capito, House Minority Leader Doug Skaff, and Democratic Del. Kayla Young.

Pack would have faced Young in the Nov. 8 general elections for the 56th District. According to the Secretary of State’s Office. Pack has until Aug. 16 to withdraw as a candidate. The Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee has until 78 days before the general election, Monday, Aug. 22, to select a new Republican candidate for the November ballot. A new nomination form and a certificate of announcement also will need to be filed with the Secretary of State.

Prior to his term in the House, Pack was a well-known fundraiser and bundler for many Republican candidates for higher office. The West Virginia Republican Executive Committee elected Pack in 2017 to represent the state at the Republican National Committee. He serves alongside Beth Bloch, who was elected in 2020 as the state’s woman representative on the RNC.

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