Former West Virginia State Senator Sue Cline died.
The former state senator was appointed to office in 2016 by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Cline, a Republican, served in the Ninth Senatorial District until her Primary defeat in 2020. She represented McDowell, Raleigh and Wyoming counties
Cline was a Welch native but most recently lived at Brenton in Wyoming County.
Senator Rupie Phillips remembered Cline for her love of state and country.
“She was top notch,” Phillips said. “She was a true lady, a true conservative and highly respected. I couldn’t say enough about her. I’m very sad to lose her.”
News of Cline’s passing first came from a Facebook post by current Ninth District Senator, David Stover. Stover defeated Cline during the June Primary Election of 2020.
“Sad news! Senator Sue Cline has died,” Stover posted. “She was always involved in civic life. Sue and I helped chaperone a group of Wyoming county middle school students to New Orleans to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina. Sue Cline will be missed. Pray for her family!”
Governor Jim Justice issued the following statement Wednesday after learning of the Cline’s death. “Sue was a great senator and an even greater friend who will be missed by so many,” the Governor said. “She will be remembered for her fierce loyalty to the great people of Wyoming County and all those in southern West Virginia.”
Cline’s legacy will be one of instrumental help in tipping the legislature’s balance from Democratic to Republican
She was 75.