Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has spent the last decade as West Virginia’s top legal officer, but he is hoping voters will look at his vast experience winning for the state in courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and view him as most qualified to lead the state.
Morrisey announced his Republican campaign for governor of West Virginia in April in a statewide tour, beginning in Jefferson County where he calls home. Since then, Morrisey has risen to the top of most polls and enjoys support from the conservative advocacy group Club for Growth, which has pledged to spend up to $10 million on Morrisey’s behalf.
While attorney general, Morrisey has secured a number of victories for West Virginia and its core industries at the nation’s highest court. These include a stay issued by the Supreme Court of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan in 2016.
Another decision by the Supreme Court in 2022 came down in favor of the state over an attempt by the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Morrisey, like many people who have come to West Virginia from other places, fell in love with the state and its natural beauty. A decade of public service in the Mountain State has led Morrisey to make the case that he is the best choice to lead the state as its next governor.
“This campaign is an opportunity to really help West Virginia move to the next level,” Morrisey said. “I’ve always been very fond of saying that we need to make West Virginia that shining state in the mountains because it’s amazing on all levels. It’s a beautiful state. We all live here. We love it very much.”