Republican Putnam delegate steps down from West Virginia House post

Del. Nancy Foster, R-Putnam, announces she is stepping down from her 38th House of Delegates seat effective Friday. (West Virginia Legislature's Website)

Citing business and family obligations, a Putnam County delegate announced she is stepping down from her post.

Republican Nancy Foster said she is resigning from her 38th District West Virginia House of Delegates seat effective Friday, according to a news release from the House.

“After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to resign my seat in the House of Delegates,” Foster said in a news release. “As a business owner, mother, grandmother and public servant, I’ve tried to balance time spent focused on my public and personal life. Unfortunately, at this time, I don’t feel I’m able to fulfill my business and family obligations while also devoting the time needed to effectively represent the people of my district.”

Foster served on the Judiciary, Industry and Labor, and Small Business and Economic Development committees in the House of Delegates.

House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said he was sad to see Foster resign, but respects her decision.

District 38 includes portions of Putnam and Kanawha counties. The district’s Republican executive committee will have 15 days from Foster’s resignation to submit to Gov. Jim Justice the names of three potential replacements to serve out the rest of her term. Upon receiving that list, the governor will have five days to appoint a replacement.

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