Jefferson County Delegate Bob Tabb is resigning his position with the House of Delegates, effective at the end of the month.
“In many ways, this is a sad moment for me, having very much enjoyed the past seven years in the House,” Delegate Tabb said. “But a new opportunity has arisen – one that allows me continued, hands-on involvement in state service, that also provides a chance for me to further expand my vocation.”
Tabb, a lifelong farmer and nurseryman who has in recent years been involved in agri-tourism, was chosen by State Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass to serve as Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture.
A native of the Eastern Panhandle, Tabb was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002. He has served as Vice Chair of the House Agriculture Committee for the past five years. Outside the Legislature, he is active in a variety of local and statewide agricultural organizations, as well as a volunteer fire firefighter with more than 30 years experience.
“I am very excited to take this new post with the Department of Agriculture and look forward to using what I have learned as a farmer, businessman, local volunteer and legislator to help serve the West Virginia agricultural community,” he said. “Thankfully, my work with the Department of Agriculture will allow me to continue to interact with my colleagues in the Legislature and the Administration.”
While he greatly enjoyed working on legislation in committee and participating in votes to adopt major, significant legislation, Tabb said he will most miss one-on-one interaction with constituents.
“It is very gratifying to be able to pick up the phone and help an individual resolve a problem,” he said. “I am hopeful that I will experience equal gratification in my day-to-day efforts to foster our state’s agriculture industry.”