A retired educator, former West Virginia Workforce Development director and U.S. Army veteran – serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.
Davis was appointed by Governor Jim Justice to head the department that oversees 17 field and claims offices, the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, the West Virginia Veterans Home and the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, as well as several high-profile, statewide veterans initiatives.
Davis spent 29 years as a teacher and an executive within the Kanawha County Schools system. He was first employed as a teacher at Dupont Junior High School in 1968. He later served as Job Placement Specialist at the Ben Franklin Career Center, Coordinator of Adult Education at the Garnet Career Center, Coordinator of Cooperative Education and Assistant Superintendent for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. Davis was elected president of the West Virginia Vocational Association and chairman of the
John B. (J.B.) McCuskey, West Virginia’s 21st State Auditor, was a two-term member of the House of Delegates, District 35 in Charleston from 2012-2016. He is a graduate of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in Political Communication. He is also a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, and was previously an attorney for six years with Steptoe & Johnson in Charleston.
While serving in the West Virginia House of Delegates, Auditor McCuskey was a member of the Energy, Industry and Labor, Judiciary, Banking and Insurance (chair), and Enrolled Bills (chair) Committees. He also served on Interim Committees including Energy, Judiciary, Technology, and the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority (chair).
Born in Clarksburg, and a longtime resident of Charleston, Auditor McCuskey is a graduate of George Washington High School, Class of 2000. Before attending law school, he worked as a civilian
Kent Leonhardt is a longtime farmer who began his passion for the industry at a very young age while still serving in the United States Marine Corps. Towards the end of his military career, he bought a farm near Blacksville, WV that had sat abandoned for over 40 years. The farm, where he still lives today, was purchased in 1982, and started cultivating crops and raising livestock in 1997. For twenty years, Kent, with the help of his wife Shirley, raised sheep, cattle and goats and sold hay when there was a surplus available.
Kent received his formal education at the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management. While earning his degree, he took a variety of courses covering issues pertinent to agriculture as well as natural resources and environmental protection. Kent furthered his education by earning a Master’s in Business Management from Central Michigan University.
Besides earning post-secondary
Billy Wayne Bailey serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (DVA).
Bailey has an extensive military background that includes service in the West Virginia Army National Guard’s 1092nd Combat Engineers Battalion from 1978 to 1984, which was immediately followed by approximately 15 years of service in the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing.
In addition, Bailey is a former Sherriff of Wyoming County and represented West Virginia’s 9th state senate district for 17 years, 14 of which he served as Senate Majority Whip.
Billy Wayne’s history with the National Guard combined with his experience in the legislature lays an excellent foundation for a secretary. He has a great degree of knowledge and experience related to both veterans’ issues and state government processes.
Billy Wayne Bailey Jr. is a Wyoming County native and graduate of Herndon High School. He attended Morris Harvey College, now known as the