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Dec 26, 1872

West Virginia Legislature grew to 89 persons

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1875

The legislature was required to met biennially

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1885

The capital moved permanently back to Charleston aboard the Chesapeake and Belle Prince

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1911

Voters of West Virginia elected an evenly divided number of Republicans and Democrats

1920

Ann Johnson Gates became the first woman member of the West Virginia legislature

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1921

Reported 99 out of 124 members of the West Virginia Legislature were Republicans

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Jan 10, 1928

Minnie Buckingham Harper was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her husband, E. Howard Harper, in the state legislature

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1933

Democrats took control of the West Virginia Senate

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1934

Hazel Hyre became the first female state senator, filling the unexpired term of her dead husband

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1952

The current number of members was established for the House of Delegates

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Nov 02, 1954

A constitutional amendment provided for full two-month legislative sessions one year, then a 30 day budget session the next year

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1964

The number of state senators was set at 34

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1965

A joint committee was created to study and survey matters of government, finance, and claims against the state and make recommendations to the full legislature

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1966

Betty H. Baker became the first woman elected to the state Senate

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1970

Legislative Improvement Amendment ratified

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1991

Donna Jean Boley was the only Republican among 34 state senators

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1995

Legislators were paid $15,000 annually

Nov 03, 1998

Marie E. Redd became the first African-American to be elected to the West Virginia Senate

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