House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover issued the following statement on Monday, Dec. 28 regarding the addition of Representative Jim Gooch:
I am pleased and proud to welcome Representative Jim Gooch to the House Republican Caucus. Representative Gooch informed me this morning that he has officially switched his registration to Republican, and will be seeking re-election as a Republican.
Representative Gooch and I have had a very good relationship over the years and have developed a strong friendship. His extensive background in natural resources issues and unwavering support for our coal industry will be a tremendous benefit to our caucus, and I know he will continue to serve the people of the 12th House District, as well as the Commonwealth as a whole, with integrity. He is a welcome addition to the House Republican ranks which currently stands at 48 members.