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SENATE RESOLUTION 44

(By Senators Lindsay, Stollings, Woelfel, Romano, Unger, Nelson, Sypolt, Rucker, Takubo, Weld, and Caputo)

[Introduced April 8, 2021]

 

Recognizing the dedicated public service of the Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman.

Whereas, The Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman is a life-long resident of Charleston, West Virginia, the eldest son of Paul J. and Rose Jean Kaufman; and

Whereas, The Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman attended the public schools of Kanawha County, followed by a preparatory education at George School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; and

Whereas, The Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman attended college at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and graduated with honors in political science and English (1975).  While attending Tufts University, he studied as a general course student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (1973-1974); and

Whereas, The Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman returned home to study law at the West Virginia University College of Law, where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (1980); and

Whereas, From a young age, the Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman was a frequent visitor to the State Capitol, where his father, the Honorable Paul J. Kaufman, served in the State Senate for two terms in 1960 and 1964; and

Whereas, The Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman began his public service as an honorary page in the State Senate at the age of eight until the age of 15.  After law school, he returned to the capitol to serve as counsel to the Senate Majority Leader, William Moreland, during the 65th Legislature; and

Whereas, In 1982, Governor John D. Rockefeller IV appointed the Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman, then 30 years of age, to the West Virginia Senate, to fill the unexpired term of then state Senator Bob Wise, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; and

Whereas, The Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 1984, where he served one term; and

Whereas, The Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman was elected to the bench in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Kanawha County) in 1988 and re-elected in 1992, 2000, 2008, and 2016, serving as chief judge of West Virginia’s largest circuit four times; and

Whereas, On March 31, 2021, the Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman retired from public service after four decades of serving the citizens of Kanawha County and the State of West Virginia; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate hereby recognizes the dedicated public service of the Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Senate congratulates the Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman on the occasion of his well-deserved retirement and extends its sincere gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Honorable Tod Joseph Kaufman.

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