CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia legislator who lost in the November election is returning to the House of Delegates.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Ron Fragale to his former Harrison County district Friday.
Fragale succeeds state Sen. Sam Cann, who left the House last month when Tomblin chose him to replace senator-turned-Senate Clerk Joe Minard.
Tomblin cited Fragale's two decades of public service. He is a 62-year-old retired educator first elected to the Legislature in 1990. A Democrat like Tomblin and Cann, Fragale served a total of 10 terms in the House until his defeat last year.
Republican Danny Hamrick displaced Fragale by 219 votes in the four-seat Harrison County district. Fragale had been speaker pro tempore, presiding over the House when the speaker is absent.
The legislative session begins Feb. 13.