CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Brent Benjamin is the new Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court after a vote of the court.
Benjamin served as Chief Justice in 2009. He succeeds Menis Ketchum, who held the position in 2012.
Benjamin was elected to a 12-year term in November 2004. He is a native of Marietta, Ohio and a graduate of the Ohio State University. He has a bachelor's degree and a law degree from that school.
Since his election, he has been a regular presenter and instructor on a variety of legal issues in various forums, including the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
During his previous tenure as Chief Justice, he established an Access to Justice Commission, a Compliance Committee of Prisons and Jails, began a statewide Domestic Violence Registry and a Mental Hygiene Registry.
He is the father of five children and in his free time participates in archaeological excavations in the United States and Egypt.