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Former state Senator Billy Wayne Bailey is remembered for public service

Former state Senator Billy Wayne Bailey has died, according to multiple sources.

Billy Wayne Bailey

Bailey served in the West Virginia Senate as a Democrat from 1991 to 2008, when he decided not to run for that office again. That year, fellow senators recognized his time in office with a resolution that recognized him as a “dedicated public servant and distinguished West Virginian.”

He resided in Wyoming County during his time in the Legislature but more recently had been living in Culloden, Cabell County. Bailey had been working as deputy secretary of the state Department of Veterans Assistance.

Governor Jim Justice recognized his work in both the legislative and executive branches.

After Bailey left the Senate, he ran for Secretary of State but was defeated in the Democratic primary. He ran for Cabell County Commission in 2020.

Current state Senate President Craig Blair, a Republican, today expressed sorrow over Bailey’s death and admiration for his commitment to public service.

ā€œIā€™m saddened by the news of the passing of Senator Bailey, who welcomed me to the West Virginia Legislature when I became a Delegate in 2003. We shared many conversations, challenges and most of all, our laughter,” Blair stated.

“I will personally miss my friend Billy Wayne and my prayers are with his family during this time of great sorrow.ā€

Former state Senator Bob Beach, a Democrat from Monongalia County, also expressed sorrow over Bailey’s death. “Good friend, loyal West Virginian,” Beach said.

Delegate Mike Pushkin, chairman of the state Democratic Party, described Bailey as “a true public servant in every sense of the word.”





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