Both Miley and White championed party unity in their call for consensus among Democrats heading into the speaker's race. In his de facto concession Friday, White pointed to the upcoming election cycle and regular session, saying it was not a good time for in-fighting.
Miley and White said there wasn't any bad blood between them.
As speaker, Miley can choose a new lineup of committee chairmen. However, he promised few leadership changes as part of his platform, and on Tuesday he said not to expect wholesale changes.
"I suspect that most will stay in their positions, because I've felt we've done a good job over the last few years with that leadership team and I want to continue working with them," Miley said.
When it comes to the leadership team, Miley said the real question is whether to make any changes sooner or later. If they're made sooner, delegates affected by the changes have longer to get accustomed to their new committees.
"The benefit to waiting is maybe cooler heads will prevail and any hard feelings among anybody might dissipate over time. That's my hope, because we all have to work together," Miley said.
"Any change you make will be perceived as punitive, and that's just not in my nature at all and that's not my desire," Miley said in an interview.
White said before the session that he hoped to remain finance chairman but Miley hadn't spoken with him about it yet.
Calling White a "man of class" during his speech, Miley said after the session that they work well together but he hadn't promised any chairmanships to anyone. He said he expected White to continue to have a place in House leadership.
Little change in leadership is a cause for concern with Republicans.
Armstead congratulated Miley on becoming speaker, saying he looked forward to working with him. But he questioned the decision to keep most of the leadership team intact.
"Those are a number of chairmen of committees that stopped a number of the bills that we wanted to see passed . . ." Armstead said. "Those have been killed in our committees and by and large, those chairs will likely stay in their same positions."
The West Virginia GOP and West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, a conservative nonprofit, both quickly issued press releases questioning Miley's selection. Also as expected, West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio issued a statement congratulating Miley on his new role.
Miley said there would always be naysayers but he believes he has the respect of members of the House who have worked with him.
With Miley becoming speaker, he vacates his role as judiciary chairman. Vice Chairman Tim Manchin, D-Marion, will lead the committee during meetings this week in Wheeling, Miley told The Associated Press.
The House also welcomed a new member Tuesday. Retired banker and Lavalette native Timothy Kinsey was appointed by Tomblin to replace Thompson as representative of the 19th district.
Miley said he expects Kinsey to serve on the Government Organizations Committee.