CHARLESTON A Putnam County delegate resigned his seat and cited possible job opportunities outside the Mountain State.
Republican Joe Jeffries was first elected the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2018 and re-elected in 2020. Previously, Jefferies had opted not run for the House in the 2022 election cycle.
His resignation letter, dated June first, ends his term and opens the door for an appointment by Governor Justice until the November General Election is complete.
Jeffries state a job search outside the state prompted his resignation.
“Since I must leave the district for an extended period, I wanted to ensure that the district wasn’t left without representation during interims or any possible special session that may occur,” Jeffries letter stated.
Jeffries stirred up controversy last summer after posting sexually explicit TikTok video on himself describing how women should enjoy oral sex. The video was set to private once it gained attention, but the stunt cost him most of his committee duties.
The delegate also garnered attention by flouting mask rules at the Capitol and was accused of accosting fellow lawmakers with a profane statement about Governor Jim Justice.
Jeffries will miss serving in the legislature, according to his resignation letter.
“It’s been an honor serving the state, and I hope that each of you will work extremely hard on moving WV in the right direction,” he wrote. “Best wishes and may God direct each of you to do what is right for the people of this state.”
District 22 of the House encompasses portions of Logan, Lincoln, Boone and Putnam counties.
Governor Jim Justice will now appoint an interim delegate until delegates until after the General Election.