Delegates already have begun filling out sheets listing their committee preferences. Thompson also has raised the House Health and Human Resources Committee to major committee status for the next session.
Both developments seem to indicate Thompson's position is secure.
Thompson said the most important matter in the coming session would be passing a balanced state budget, and he said that would be no easy task given tightening revenue forecasts.
"It's going to be a tough year to pass a budget," he said. "There's going to be a lot of concentration on the budget process, and I just hope we can all get together in a non-partisan manner to address these budget issues."
Thompson said he would let Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin take the lead in proposing changes to the state education system.
The state Department of Education and Board of Education have been in the spotlight lately with the firing of Superintendent Jorea Marple and the board's response to last year's education audit.
Thompson said he is interested to see what Tomblin will propose.
"My first interest is hearing what Gov. Tomblin says we should do with education and working along those lines," he said. "It's his audit, his report, and I want to see what his proposals are and try to help him move those proposals forward."
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