CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A longtime West Virginia circuit judge will retire after swearing in his brother-in-law as a new state senator.
Thomas H. Keadle represents Lewis and Upshur counties in the 26th Judicial Circuit. He'll retire Thursday after swearing in Donald Cookman to the state Senate. The 75-year-old Keadle has been a judge since 1985.
Cookman was chief judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit covering Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties. He retired last week when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed him to the Senate.
Cookman is replacing Walt Helmick, who won election as agriculture commissioner in November.