Jeff Kessler

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Jeff Kessler
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President of the West Virginia Senate
In office
November 14, 2011
Acting: January 12, 2011 – November 14, 2011 – January 14, 2015
Preceded by Earl Ray Tomblin
Succeeded by Bill Cole
West Virginia Senate Minority Leader
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 14, 2015
Preceded by Mike Hall
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 10, 1997
Serving with Kent Leonhardt
Preceded by Larry Wiedebusch
Personal details
Born (1955-11-16) November 16, 1955 (age 59)
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gretchen Kessler
Residence Glen Dale, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater West Liberty State College (B.A.)
West Virginia University College of Law (J.D.)
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Jeffrey Vincent "Jeff" Kessler (born November 16, 1955) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate in the United States, representing the 2nd District since his appointment in November 1997 and subsequent reelections. He is currently the minority leader of the Senate.

Kessler previously served as President of the Senate, Acting President of the Senate and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Kessler sought the Democratic nomination for governor in the May 14, 2011, primary, and was unsuccessful. Kessler is also involved in private practice, where he is a partner in the law firm Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor & Gordon.

Kessler was born November 16, 1955 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the son of George Henry Kessler (1924 - 2009) and Rosemary Krupica Kessler (1930 - 1978). He is a 1974 graduate of Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen, West Virginia. He also attended West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University) in Wheeling, West Virginia, and the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Earl Ray Tomblin
President of the West Virginia Senate
2011–2015
Succeeded by
Bill Cole