W.Va. Governor and First Lady Deliver Emotional Farewell

By: Josh McComas, Anna Baxter, The Associated Press Email
By: Josh McComas, Anna Baxter, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 11/12/10 @ 10:20 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friday was an emotional day at the West Virginia State Capitol as Governor Joe Manchin gave his final goodbye to state government.

He delivered an emotional farewell address in the Governor's Reception Room.

First Lady Gayle Manchin spoke first during the news conference. The first lady had to fight through tears to thank the state for giving her the opportunity to serve. She told the large crowd that she will continue to work with local charity organizations and serve on some state boards.

She also took time to point out some of accomplishments with the state's education system and the renovations that were made at the Governor's Mansion.

The governor also highlighted some of his accomplishments, including legislation for stronger mine regulations and workers comp reform. He also pointed out that the state is in a much better situation financially than when he first took office.

Governor Manchin thanked his staff for operating under one common theme "results, not excuses." He credited his staff for working late and giving up weekends and time away from their families to improve the daily lives of the citizens.

Governor Manchin, 63, won the November 2 election for the seat held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

The Senator-Elect is expected to be sworn in on Monday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After six years as the chief executive of West Virginia, Gov. and U.S. Senator-elect Joe Manchin will give his final public speech as governor.

Manchin will address the crowd on Friday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m., in the Governor’s Reception Room of the state Capitol.

The governor will be joined by First Lady Gayle Manchin, state cabinet secretaries, staff members from the Governor’s office and other guests during Friday’s event.

Manchin is expected to speak regarding his tenure as governor and will also talk about the expectations and challenges ahead in Washington as U.S. Senator-elect.

WSAZ.com will carry the speech live on our Always On Channel.

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