- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WHEELING, Va. (AP) - First Judicial Circuit Judge Martin Gaughan is retiring on June 30.

Gaughan sent a letter to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Chief Justice Margaret Workman announcing his retirement on Monday.

Gaughan is a native of Pittsburgh. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from West Liberty State College, and a master’s degree and law degree in from Duquesne University, where he studied while teaching high school full-time. He also has studied at the American Academy of Judicial Education and the National Judicial College.

He practiced law in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia for more than twenty years. In 1995, he was appointed to the bench in the First Judicial Circuit by then-Governor Gaston Caperton. He was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2000 and 2008.

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