Senator Grady selected for next chair of West Virginia Senate Education Committee

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — West Virginia State Senator Amy Grady (R-Mason) has been named Chair of the Education Committee.

According to Senate Speaker Craig Blair (R-Berkeley), Grady is the first full-time public school educator to hold the position since 1970. Blair says he believes Grady’s leadership will open lines of communication between public educators and the WV Senate.

“We have made tremendous progress in providing educational options and expanding school choices for our families,” Senate Speaker Blair said. “Now is the time to usher in a new era with a focus on supporting our state’s public schools and improving student success. I believe there is no one better than Senator Grady to lead this thinking. We want our public school educators to know that we are committed to giving them the resources and tools they need to be the best in the world. I am confident that with Senator Grady’s leadership, those direct lines of communication will open immediately. Education is economic development, period. We’ve had unprecedented success with our economic development efforts over the past few years, and it’s time for us to bring the same level of success to our public schools.

Grady was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2020 and is currently vice chair of the health and human resources committee. She also sits on the Agriculture and Rural Development, Judiciary, Military and Natural Resources committees, according to Senate Speaker Craig Blair (R-Berkeley).

“Our state’s number one export is our youth,” Blair said. “We have begun to reverse this trend and we are able to create even more economic opportunity with even more jobs that will bring more people to this state to live, work and raise families. Our goal is to stop declining school enrolments, stop school consolidations and build more schools. There is no member of the Senate better equipped for this mission than Senator Amy Grady.

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