CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Another member of the state Senate is opting out of running again.
Senator Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, submitted written notification that he does not plan to run for another term. He’ll still serve during the upcoming legislative session.
That makes the fourth current senator to opt out of running again along with former Greg Boso, R-Nicholas, who resigned a few weeks ago to focus on his business.
The other incumbents who are not running include Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, Minority Whip Corey Palumbo and Senator Paul Hardesty, who was appointed to an open seat earlier this year. Those three are all Democrats.
Mann wrote in a letter to constituents and fellow senators that his purchase of a funeral home has cut into the amount of time he can focus on his legislative duties.
“This was an instant life changer that certainly filled my plate, but this is what I am meant to do,” Mann wrote. “I truly believe I am here to try to comfort people in their time of need and see that they have a better day and make sure that they know that the sun will come up tomorrow no matter what.
“I will admit, though, it will be tough not being in the Senate following the next year, but as they tell me once a senator always a senator, and that makes me smile.”
Mann was elected to the Senate in 2016 after then-incumbent Bill Laird did not seek re-election.
He served as chairman of the Senate Education Committee during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions. He then moved to become vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee this past session.
As an omnibus education bill was considered during the most recent session, Mann often found himself on the opposite side of the rest of the caucus. The bill included some contentious policies such as the possibility of establishing charter schools in West Virginia.
In his letter, Mann wrote that he had originally hoped to serve two terms in the Senate. But he said the responsibility of owning Groves Funeral Home means he can’t dedicate the necessary attention any more.
“I wish nothing but the best for the person who takes my seat in the future,” he wrote, “and I hope they will always be as honored as I was to have filled it.”