Gov. Justice appoints Brown to Senate in District 1


CHARLESTON, WV – Today, Gov. Jim Justice announced that he has appointed Owens Brown to the 1st Senatorial District seat, which covers Brooke, Hancock, and Ohio counties, as well as part of Marshall County.

Brown, who is from Wheeling and serves at the West Virginia State NAACP President, will be the first African American to serve in the West Virginia State Senate in over 20 years and will be the first ever male African American to serve in the State Senate.

Click here to view appointment letter

“I congratulate Owens beyond belief. He will do an incredible job,” Gov. Justice said. “I am so proud of this because we need diversity, we need other opinions. So today is a really good day.

Brown fills the seat vacated by Bill Ihlenfeld, who recently resigned from the Senate and was confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District.
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Forward Forward

Contact Information

Jordan Damron,


Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305

Office Phone:
304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731

Governor's Mansion:

Flag Status

American Flag Full Staff
State Flag Full Staff

Banner Images Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce

Site Map