CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced Oct. 10 that he has appointed D.R. “Buck” Jennings of Thornton to the House of Delegates 53rd District seat, filling a vacancy created last month following the passing of the Honorable Tony Lewis.

Jennings is president of Jennings Legacy Builders and is married to his wife of 47 years, Evelyn. They have three children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He is a longtime member of the Fellowsville Fire Department and is a paramedic and EMT instructor with RESA.

Jennings ran for the seat in the last election, losing to Lewis in the primary. His was one of three names submitted to the governor for consideration, after Lewis died.