Senator Cookman sworn inFront Page News Friday, February 1st, 2013 Would you like to receive e-mail alerts when we have breaking news? Click here!
Senator Donald H. Cookman was sworn in yesterday afternoon (Thursday) to the state Senate, filling the vacancy left by former Senator Walt Helmick. The Senator’s brother-in-law, the Honorable Tom Keadle, presided over the swearing-in ceremony and delivered the oath in the Senate Chamber.
The Senator’s wife, Paula Cookman, son Donnie Cookman, and grandson Sam Cookman were present for the ceremony, along with many friends and officials of the state.
“I am overwhelmed and humbled to start this new chapter of my life,” said Senator Cookman. “I am delighted to be here and be a part of the legislative process.”
Cookman retired January 23 as the 22nd Circuit Court Judge, the same day Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed him to a seat in the Fifteenth Senatorial District.
Cookman fills the seat vacated by Senator Walt Helmick, who was elected West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner in the Nov. 6 election.