Justice appoints Pitsenbarger to West Virginia Senate

CHARLESTON — A Nicholas County farmer has been appointed to a vacancy in the West Virginia Senate 11th District.

John “J.R.” Pitsenbarger will succeed Greg Boso, who resigned. The 11th Senatorial District comprises Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties and part of Grant County.

The appointment was made on Thursday by Gov. Jim Justice.

He is a fifth-generation farmer and a lifelong resident of Nicholas County. Pistsenbarger also is vice president of the West Virginia Farm Bureau.

Boso, a Republican, resigned on Sept. 26 after he accepted a job from the Forensic Consulting Group, which will require travel outside the state. He has represented the 11th District, among the largest geographically, since 2015.

“There’s no question that it was going to take a special person to fill the vacancy left behind by Sen. Boso,” Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said.

“J.R. brings to the Senate a wide variety of experience, including extensive agriculture and rural development knowledge. I know he will be able to do great things for the residents of his district and the State of West Virginia,” Carmichael said. “I look forward to working with him and watching him be a valuable part of making our state an outstanding place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Pitsenbarger and his wife, Tanya, live near Nallen. He is the owner and operator of Pitsenbarger Farms and was a field enumerator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Pitsenbarger graduated from Glenville State College.