In a statement, top elected Democrats, including Rockefeller, Sen. Joe Manchin and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, praised Scarbro's time with the party.
The Democratic Party remains, by far, the state's largest. There are about 640,000 registered Democrats and about 360,000 Republicans, although the number of independent voters is growing and the state has voted for a Republican presidential candidate the past four election cycles.
Republicans consider themselves to be an ascending force in the state. They now control two of the three U.S. House seats, the attorney general's office and have their largest share of the House of Delegates since the Great Depression.
Wyatt is a Texan who came to West Virginia last year to manage Kent Leonhardt's unsuccessful campaign for state agriculture commissioner. He is the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Wyatt Jr., R-Texas.
His goal is simple: take control of the House of Delegates.
"I am honored with the opportunity to help Chairman Conrad Lucas and the West Virginia Republican Party elect a Republican to the United States Senate and gain a Republican majority in the West Virginia House of Delegates for the first time since 1928," Wyatt said in a statement this week.
Wyatt served as an aide to Stefani Carter, the first female African-American Republican in the Texas House. He was also a legislative aide to the head of the Texas House Ways and Means Committee.
Wyatt will start his work before the beginning of the state legislative session.
Scarbro is a former chairman of the Marshall University Young Democrats and the West Virginia Young Democrats. He got his start at the state party as a field organizer in August 2003 when Mike Callaghan chaired the party.
In a 2009 interview with the pro-Democratic Party website West Virginia Blue, Scarbro said he got interested in politics as a kid at the breakfast table when his father reached for the sports page and his mother reached for the life and style sections, leaving him with the news pages.