Earl Ray Tomblin, who has been serving as Acting Governor in West Virginia, was elected the 35th Governor last evening following a special gubernatorial election. Tomblin will continue to serve as the state's chief executive and complete the remainder of the term formerly held by Joe Manchin. That term will run until Janaury 2013. Governor Tomblin now will need to run for a full four-year term during the upcoming 2012 election cycle.
Tomblin has been a strong supporter of the state's natural gas industry, and his administration is working energetically to get an ethane cracker located in the state. Tomblin also has been working to provide balance to calls for added regulations and fees on the state's shale production industry.