Cumberland Times-News

January 23, 2013

Hampshire judge named to vacant W.Va. Senate seat

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday appointed the Honorable Donald H. Cookman to represent the citizens of the 15th Senatorial District, filling the vacancy created when former Sen. Walt Helmick resigned to serve as the agriculture commissioner.

“Throughout his years on the bench, Judge Cookman has dedicated himself to the people of the 22nd Judicial Circuit and I’m confident as a state senator he will continue to serve West Virginians well,” Tomblin said.

Most recently, Cookman served as the chief judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which is comprised of Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties. He has served as circuit judge since 1993. His judicial experience includes temporary judicial assignments as a justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and sitting as judge in other circuits. He served as Hampshire County prosecuting attorney from 1973 through 1992.

A graduate of Romney High School, Cookman completed his undergraduate studies at West Virginia University before graduating from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1971.

Cookman resides in Romney with his wife Paula Jean. The couple has three children and three grandchildren.