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Senate honors Warren McGraw, former state senator and Supreme Court docket chief justice

MORGANTOWN — The state Senate on Thursday stood to honor the life and work of Warren Randolph McGraw, former state delegate and senator, county prosecutor and choose, and Supreme Court docket Justice.

The senators unanimously authorized SR 56, honoring McGraw, and introduced members of his household with a duplicate.

Because the decision particulars, he was born Could 10, 1939, in Wyoming County, and handed away June 14, 2023.

Included in his training was graduate work at WVU. He served two phrases within the Home of Delegates beginning in 1969, after which was elected to the Senate and started serving there in 1973. He served two phrases as Senate president beginning in 1981.

McGraw was elected to the Supreme Court docket in 1998 and served as chief Justice in 2001. Following his time within the Senate, he was elected Wyoming County Circuit Court docket choose till his retirement in 2021.

After the studying of the decision, a number of senators rose to reward McGraw. The primary was Sen. Mike Oliverio, R-Monongalia.

“The actual check of a person’s profitable life is that he produced three great youngsters,” he mentioned. McGraw’s son, Randolph, served within the Home with Oliverio. Daughter Suzanne was a Home committee counsel and daughter Rebecca is a profitable doctor.

Sen. David Stover, R-Wyoming, was dropped at tears recalling their friendship.

He remembered sitting in entrance of a tiny retailer within the tiny city of Pierpoint in 1967, and a younger man pulled as much as the shop in his automobile and received out.

“This man walked as much as us smiling from ear-to-ear and mentioned, ‘Whats up fellers. I’m Warren McGraw and I’m going to be your subsequent delegate.’ And he was, and the remaining is historical past.”

Stover mentioned he was instructed a narrative of when McGraw ascended to Senate president. “He noticed 33 sharks, maybe all of them eager to devour him and take that job.”

He requested McGraw about that. “I mentioned, ‘Absolutely not.’” McGraw answered, “’Oh yeah, they like me OK. That’s not the purpose, that’s the best way the sport is performed.”

Weeping, Stover mentioned, “He was an honorable man by and thru.”

Sen. Mike Caputo, mentioned that as a coal miner and union consultant, he knew of McGraw’s work. “He was a real advocate for working-class of us.”

Caputo made mates within the Legislature with Randolph, he mentioned, who instructed many tales about “Daddy.” And when he met McGraw, “We grew to become prompt mates.”

He helped McGraw in his political campaigns, he mentioned. Of McGraw and his household, “They by no means hid their love for coal miners particularly and their love for the UMWA. … That man by no means, ever forgot the place he got here from.”

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