The West Virginia Legislature will meet noon Sunday to certify results from the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election.
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant on Nov. 2 signed the certificates of special election submitted by all 55 West Virginia counties. Those certificates will be presented to the Legislature during Sunday's session.
Once the Legislature certifies the results, Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin will be sworn in as the state's 35th governor. The Logan County Democrat has served nearly 40 years in the Legislature and was most recently Senate President. By virtue of that position, Tomblin assumed the role of acting governor after now-Sen. Joe Manchin vacated that position last year.
The Supreme Court of West Virginia ruled that a special election and inauguration must take place within a year of Manchin's swearing in to the Senate. Tomblin defeated Republican nominee Bill Maloney in the Oct. 4 special election by a 3-point margin.
Inauguration ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday on the south side of the Capitol and will include performances by the 249th West Virginia Army National Guard band, Logan County native and "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, and the Parkersburg High School Chamber Choir. Manchin will also participate in the ceremony, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman will deliver the oath of office.
A reception will follow at the West Virginia Culture Center. All inaugural events are open to the public.