Tomblin Appoints School Superintendent to House Seat

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Thirty-four years after giving up a state legislative seat to become Wyoming County’s school superintendent, Frank L. Blackwell is returning to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday appointed Blackwell to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Democrat Linda Goode Phillips.

Blackwell has worked as a teacher and school administrator for nearly 50 years. He served in the House from 1977 until 1982, when he left to accept the superintendent’s job. His 34 years in that position make him the longest-serving school superintendent in the state.

According to the governor, Blackwell plans to retire June 30.