Jeffrey Vincent "Jeff" Kessler 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. In addition, Kessler serves as the incumbent President of the West Virginia Senate. According to Article 7, Section 16 of the West Virginia Constitution, Kessler, as Senate President, is first in line to act as Governor in the event that office is vacated. Because of this, West Virginia Code 6A-1-4(b) affords him the additional title of Lieutenant Governor. Kessler served as the Acting President of the Senate from January 12 to November 14, having been elected to the newly created post on January 12, 2011. This was the result of a series of events set into place after Governor Joe Manchin resigned upon his election to the U.S. Senate and Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin set aside his legislative duties to act as Governor.
On December 9, 2012, Kessler won the unanimous backing of his fellow Democrats to remain Senate President for the upcoming legislature session.
Kessler previously served as 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.