New West Virginia state senator sworn-in to fill vacancy

Published: Sep. 11, 2017 at 2:18 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There is no longer a vacant seat in the West Virginia Senate after a swearing in ceremony on Monday morning.

Republican Mark Drennan has been sworn-in to fill the senate seat left open by Mike Hall, who went to work as the Governor's Chief of Staff.

Drennan will take over the 4th district spot that serves Jackson, Mason and parts of Putnam and Roane counties. He says he wants to make sure there is employment in those counties and that everyone is healthy and free from addiction.

Drennan serves as the Executive Director of the state's Behavioral Health Care Providers Association and has since 2011.

When asked about his plans for the senate, he says he's got big shoes to fill. "We need to look at where we are with the budget, I know that's been a big issue. That is what we are tasked to do when we come to the legislature. So I'm looking forward to learning what I can and looking forward to seeing what we can do to make sure we're pretty solvent," explained Drennan.

He says this isn't his first trip to the Capitol. His brother attended the swearing in ceremony with him today and Drennan says the two were frequent visitors in their early years.

"He and I spent a lot of our childhood chasing squirrels out here on the Capitol lawn as our parents were working with the then governor to get public water out where we live and where we grew up in Putnam County."

After being sworn-in Monday morning, Drennan took a trip to the Secretary of State's office to file paperwork to run for the seat in the next election.

For now he is in the spot until December 2018. He says he plans to jump in head first when interims start on Sunday.