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Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, will serve as a member of the State Strategies in Energy Committee for the National Lieutenant Governors Association.

NLGA Chairman and Oklahoma Lieutenant Gov. Todd Lamb asked Kessler to serve on the committee in August.

"Appointment to this committee is a vote of confidence from Lt. Governor Lamb and my colleagues," Kessler said in a news release. "West Virginia has been a national leader in energy production throughout its history; from its long tradition in coal mining to its current natural gas boom.

"West Virginia's rich history and bright economic energy future can provide valuable insights to this committee."

The State Strategies in Energy Committee serves as a forum for lieutenant governors to explore factors related to energy and the environment.

NLGA Director Julia Hurst said in a news release energy has been a top issue for all lieutenant governors for years.

"Energy issues impact everything from jobs and manufacturing and the price at the pump to water and world security," Hurst said. "… This committee will facilitate the continued exchange of shared experience and insight on the topic."

NLGA provides research and issue exchange opportunities to the officeholders first in line of succession to governor in every state and the U.S. territories.