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Ronald Miller named new agriculture chairman

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It didn't take long for Sen. Walt Helmick, D-Pocahontas, to decide he did not want to be the Senate's Agriculture Committee chairman.

Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, announced Helmick's appointment in a Nov. 25 release, along with the rest of the committee chairmen.

A news release Thursday morning announced Sen. Ronald Miller, D-Greenbrier, had been appointed chairman of the Agriculture Committee.

The news release went on to say that Miller would step down as chairman of the Enrolled Bills committee, but would continue to serve as vice chairman of the Government Organization committee.

"Senator Miller's knowledge of agriculture and its importance to the state makes him an excellent choice to lead this committee," Kessler said in the news release.

Miller said in the news release that he "is pleased with the appointment and appreciates the confidence President Kessler has in him."

The new chairman of the Enrolled Bills committee will be named in the near future, according to the release.

Kessler said at the time of his appointments that he took reports of Helmick's interest in running for Commissioner of Agriculture into consideration when he named Helmick to the committee.

Helmick was chairman of the Finance Committee for five years before Kessler named Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, the chairman last year.

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