UPDATE: Law firm investigator to fill vacancy in W.Va. House

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - UPDATE: 05/19/19

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is set to appoint a law firm investigator to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates.

The governor's office says in a news release that Justice on Monday will appoint Chuck Little of Davisville to the 9th District seat, which serves Wirt and Wood counties. The statement says Little will be sworn in before the special session resumes Monday.

Little will replace Republican Ray Hollen, who resigned earlier this month to take a job for the U.S. Defense Department.

Little is an investigator with a Charleston law firm. He previously served as an investigator for a U.S. House committee. He also spent 23 years as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Treasury and 15 years with the West Virginia State Police.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 05/11/19

A West Virginia delegate is resigning to work for the U.S. Defense Department.

Republican Ray Hollen resigned his 9th District seat effective Sunday. The seat serves Wirt and Wood counties.

Hollen says in a letter to House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw that the defense job would not allow him to remain a delegate.

The 54-year-old Hollen is retired from the West Virginia state police. He was elected to the House in 2016 and reelected in 2018.

His district's Republican executive committee will have 15 days to nominate three potential replacements. Gov. Jim Justice will pick one of the three to take over.

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