CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin is aiming for a seamless transition for the state's chief executive post.
For apparently the first time in the state's history, a governor will be taking office on a date other than the one set by the West Virginia Constitution.
The Legislature will convene Sunday for a special session to declare Tomblin the winner of last month's special election. Once that happens, Tomblin will resign from the state Senate and as that body's leader.
As Senate president, Tomblin has been acting as governor since U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin stepped down as the chief executive to take his current office.
Tomblin plans to take the oath as governor immediately, in private. He will take the oath again during a public inauguration ceremony that afternoon.