Monongalia County's own Kris Warner has been appointed by the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue to serve as the USDA Rural Development State Director for West Virginia. Mr. Warner resigned as the National Committeeman to the RNC recently in anticipation of accepting the position. Below are the texts of Warner's resignation and his release on his new role:
RE: Resignation as Republican National Committeeman for West Virginia
Dear Members of the State Executive Committee,
As a county level party chairman in 1990 to the state's National Committeeman for the last five years, it has been an unbelievable privilege for me to serve the Republican Party here in West Virginia.
From 2000 to 2005, the State Executive Committee entrusted me to lead our Party as the State Chairman. Over the last five years, you've honored me to serve as the National Committeeman.
Working together, we've made tremendous strides in electing Republican Party leaders at every level of our government. From city hall to the White House, West Virginia Republicans have made a difference. As leaders of our Party, the choices we've made and the goals we've accomplished will have a positive impact on our communities, our counties, our state and our nation for generations to come.
As a local, state and national Party leader over the last 27 years, I have been blessed to work with so many dedicated men and women - all of whom have shared a common goal of making West Virginia and America great again.
I now have a career opportunity to continue my service in a different leadership role for all West Virginians. I am excited about this opportunity and what it means for the continued development of the state we all love.
Therefore, it is necessary for me to resign my position as West Virginia's National Committeeman effective today.
Please accept my resignation and know that I appreciate the many friends I've made over the last nearly three decades.
Very truly yours,
RE: Appointment as USDA State Director
It is a honor to be selected by the President of the United States to fill the extremely important role of State Director of Rural Development in West Virginia. I look forward to working with the President, Secretary of Agriculture, and the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development to increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships in our state.