Kent Leonhardt

Kent Leonhardt (born April 2, 1954) is the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture, having been elected in November 2016, he took office January 2017. He is a member of the United States Republican Party.

Kent Leonhardt
Agriculture Commissioner of West Virginia
Assumed office
January 16, 2017
GovernorJim Justice
Preceded byWalt Helmick
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
December 1, 2014 – January 16, 2017
Preceded byLarry J. Edgell
Succeeded byCharles H. Clements
Personal details
Born (1954-04-02) April 2, 1954 (age 66)
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Missouri, Columbia (BA)
Central Michigan University (MBA)

Leohardt is a farmer operating a 380-acre farm in western Monongalia County, West Virginia. He raises sheep, cattle, goats and hay. He formerly served in the West Virginia State Senate for the 2nd district. He is retired from the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel. He holds a degree in wildlife management from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Central Michigan University.[1]

Electoral historyEdit

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walt Helmick 316,591 51.59
Republican Kent Leonhardt 297,088 48.41
West Virginia Senate 2nd District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kent Leonhardt 13,034 49.99
Democratic Larry J. Edgell (inc.) 12,358 47.40
Constitution Jeffrey Jarrell 681 2.61
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kent Leonhardt 321,560 48.41
Democratic Walt Helmick (inc.) 274,191 41.28
Libertarian Buddy A. Guthrie 68,502 10.31

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Kent Leonhardt | Kent Leonhardt for West Virginia". Leonhardtforwvagriculture.com. June 20, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Walt Helmick
Agriculture Commissioner of West Virginia
2017–present
Incumbent