Frank Deem, 90, dies

Frank Deem

Delegate Frank Deem of Wood County, 90, the longest-serving legislator in the history of West Virginia, died this morning.

“He was a good man, a mentor,” said colleague John Kelly, also a delegate from the 10th District in the House of Delegates.

Deem, a Republican, is a veteran of World War II and retired businessman. He has served in both chambers of the Legislature since the 1950s.

House Speaker Roger Hanshaw released a statement this morning.

“With immense sadness, the House of Delegates today grieves the death of not just one of our own, but a man who has been a fixture of West Virginia government and politics for more than a half-century,” Hanshaw said. “Frank Deem devoted a lifetime of service to the citizens of his district and the people of our state, and leaves behind a legacy of fierce advocacy for conservative principles that have made West Virginia a better place. A navy veteran, former Senator and current Delegate, his character, experience and statesmanship will be irreplaceable in the Legislature.

Read the story in The News and Sentinel on Thursday.