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WVC 6 - CHAPTER 6. GENERAL PROVISIONS RESPECTING OFFICERS.
WVC -4- ARTICLE 4. CREDENTIALS OF OFFICERS.

WVC 6-4-1 §6-4-1. United States senators, representatives, and presidential electors.
The governor shall, whenever requested, give a certificate under his hand and the great seal of the state, to each person elected a senator or member of the House of Representatives in the Congress of the United States, or an elector of president and vice-president of the United States, which certificates, respectively, shall be substantially in the following forms:

(SENATOR)
State of West Virginia, to-wit:

I, ................., governor of said State, pursuant to the laws in such case made and provided, do hereby certify that ...................., of the county of ..................., was duly chosen a member of the Senate in the Congress of the United States for the State of West Virginia, on the ......... day of ..........., .............., for the term commencing on the fourth day of March, next ensuing (or for the unexpired term ending on the third day of March, .........., as the case may be).

Given under my hand and the great seal of the State of West Virginia, on this the ........... day of ............, ........

(MEMBER OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES)
State of West Virginia, to-wit:

I, ........................., governor of the said State, pursuant to the laws in such case made and provided, do hereby certify that .............................., of the county of ................, was duly chosen a member of the House of Representatives in the Congress of the United States on the .............. day of ................, ......, for the ....... congressional district of this State composed of the counties of ......................, for the term commencing on the fourth day of March, next ensuing (or for the unexpired term ending on the third day of March, ........., as the case may be).

Given under my hand and the great seal of the State of West Virginia, on this the ........... day of ............, ......

(PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS)
State of West Virginia, to-wit:

I, ......................, governor of said State pursuant to the laws in such case made and provided, do hereby certify that ...................., of the county of ............, was duly appointed by this State at an election held therein on the ........... day of November, ......., an elector of president and vice-president of the United States.

Given under my hand and the great seal of the State of West Virginia, on this the ............. day of ............, ........

WVC 6-4-2 §6-4-2. United States senator appointed to fill vacancy.
When a vacancy shall occur in the representation of this state in the Senate of the United States, and the same shall be filled by the governor by appointment under the provisions of chapter three, he shall, when requested, deliver to the person so appointed a certificate under his hand and the great seal of the state, which shall be substantially in the following form: State of West Virginia, to-wit:

Whereas, ..............., who was duly chosen a senator of the United States in the manner provided by law, for the term ending on the third day of March, in the year ........., having (died, resigned, been removed, or otherwise ceased to be a senator, as the case may be):

Therefore, I, ......................, governor of the State of West Virginia, pursuant to the authority vested in me by law, do appoint ......................., of the county of ..............., a senator from this state in the Senate of the United States, until the general election next to be hereafter held in the State of West Virginia, and until his successor shall have been chosen and shall have qualified.

Given under my hand and the great seal of the State of West Virginia, on the ............. day of .................., .......

WVC 6-4-3 §6-4-3. Judges and appointive officers.
The credentials of the judges of the supreme court of appeals, the circuit, intermediate, criminal, common pleas, and other inferior courts, and of all persons appointed to office by the governor, shall consist of a certificate or commission issued by the governor under the great seal of the state, showing the election or appointment of such person to the office.

WVC 6-4-4 §6-4-4. County and district officers and deputies.
The credentials of any county or district officer shall consist of the certificate of the county court issued as a canvassing board under the provisions of article five, chapter three of this code. The credentials of any deputy officer shall consist of the order of the court, or tribunal in lieu thereof, authorizing or assenting to the appointment of such deputy.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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