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Yost wins bid for re-election

November 8, 2012
Morning Journal News

Incumbent West Virginia Sen. Jack Yost won re-election Tuesday night in the 1st Senate District.

Yost, 67, of Follansbee defeated Republican Patrick McGeehan of Chester.

Yost earned 22,517 votes to 16,507 for McGeehan.

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Jack Yost

"I am very pleased with the support and confidence the folks in the 1st Senate District put in me," Yost said. "I am very humbled. The new district has some new (precincts) - and I did well in those and in both Ohio and Marshall counties.

"And Brooke County really poured it on for me - it was awesome."

Yost was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2000. He served as a delegate through 2008, when he was elected to the Senate.

During his first term in the Senate, he has served as chairman of the Labor Committee and vice chairman of the Military Committee.

He also is a member of the Energy, Industry and Mining Committee, the Government Organization Committee, and the Finance Committee.

Yost said he hopes to gain more of a leadership position on the Finance Committee when the legislature next convenes in January.

He credits incumbency and endorsements as the reasons for his win.

"People saw I had a lot of endorsements," he said. "When they endorse you publicly, they are saying publicly they are supporting Jack Yost. Never had I seen so many of these endorsements before.

"Their confidence in me is building, and I am building leadership responsibilities in the Senate. I see advancements there."

Yost is retired from Weirton Steel. He and wife Kris have three children and three grandchildren.



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