CHARLESTON — “And to Senator Joe Manchin, who couldn't be with us today—but who is always working to ensure our voices are heard in our nation's capital.
“Congressman Rahall, Congresswoman Capito, as well as Congressman McKinley—who couldn't be here today—thank you for your commitment to the highest honor one can receive—to represent the great people of our state in all 55 counties.
“Governor Caperton and Governor Wise—thank you both for your past service to our state and for your continued dedication to West Virginia.
“To my colleagues on the Board of Public Works—congratulations. I look forward to working with you.
“And to the members of the House and Senate—I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to continue our work together to move our state forward.
“To my many supporters, who have poured their hearts into getting me elected—and then re-elected—thank you.
“I'd be remiss if I didn't thank a few other very important people.
“To one of the most supportive and loving families I could have ever asked for. Mom, Dad and Carl, thank you for standing by my side—and cheering—for many, many years. And to my two biggest fans, my lovely wife Joanne and our son Brent, thank you for your unconditional love and support. I love both of you very much.
“I have grown up and raised my family here, and there is no place I'd rather be than right here, in this—the Great State of West Virginia.
“Over the years, I've witnessed firsthand the generosity of West Virginians. And in this past year our families, friends and communities have shown me again the strength of their character in the wake of the spring tornado and floods, the derecho, Hurricane Sandy, and the tragic loss of two State Troopers. In the midst of these extraordinarily difficult times, West Virginians joined together to support each other. They found strength in the company of others and they put the needs of our neighbors and communities first.