- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former West Virginia legislator and retired Senate clerk Darrell Holmes has died. He was 81.

Holmes died Friday, according to Senate President Bill Cole. In a statement, Cole said Holmes was “truly dedicated” to serving West Virginia and that his affection to the Senate would always be remembered.

Holmes was elected clerk in 1989 and served until his retirement in January 2013. He oversaw a Senate staff of about 40 full-time and 120 part-time employees during a transition from a mostly paper operation into the electronic age.

Holmes served eight years in the House of Delegates and eight years in the Senate. The Democrat represented Kanawha County.

A Sissonville native, he attended Glenville State, Morris Harvey, and West Virginia State colleges.

He retired from Union Carbide in 1989.

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