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Leonhardt to speak at annual Lincoln Dinner

Leonhardt

ELKINS — Kent Leonhardt will be the keynote speaker at the Randolph County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday at the Elks Country Club.

The social hour will be at 4 p.m., with the dinner at 5 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling 304-636-1019.

Leonhardt is the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture. Having been elected in November 2016, he took office January 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. Leohardt is a farmer operating a 380-acre farm in western Monongalia County. He raises sheep, cattle, goats and hay. He formerly served in the West Virginia State Senate. 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.

He previously represented West Virginia’s 2nd district in the state senate, serving from Dec. 1, 2014 to Jan. 16, 2017.

“I am a lifetime farmer.,” Leonhardt states on his website. “My wife and I restored a farm that was abandoned for over 40 years and made it once again a viable functioning farm. Our farm is located in the western end of Monongalia County near Fairview, West Virginia. We purchased our first 205 acres of West Virginia farmland in 1982, while I was still on military active duty. We began developing and cultivating the farm in 1997, following my retirement from the Marine Corps. Today, we have 380 contiguous acres and two farm leases for hay production and additional grazing. We raise sheep, cattle and goats and sell hay when there is a surplus available.

“I am a Marine. I served for 20 years and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. As a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps, I coordinated operations between all four branches of our military, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. During that time I served on Joint Staffs leading men and women in war and peace. I received personal decorations during my service including: Legion of Merit, Combat Action Ribbon, and eight other personal decorations.”