West Virginia delegate resigns to take lobbying job

Delegate Jason Harshbarger (R-Ritchie) announced Wednesday morning that he will be resigning from office.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Del. Jason Harshbarger is resigning from the legislature to become a lobbyist for Dominion Energy.

The Republican from Ritchie County submitted a resignation letter to the speaker of the House of Delegates on Wednesday. He'll leave his post Aug. 30.

Harshbarger is the House's assistant majority whip and chairman of the committee on natural resources. He also sits on the energy, judiciary and industry and labor committees.

A Dominion Energy spokeswoman says Harshbarger will become the company's state policy director but won't lobby the legislature until a year after his resignation date. He has been working for Dominion for 14 years.

Gov. Jim Justice will choose a replacement to serve the rest of Harshbarger's term from a list of names submitted by the district's party executive committee.