W.Va. Secretary of State Warner sworn into office in Barbour
PHILIPPI — To commemorate his family’s history in Barbour County, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner took the ceremonial oath of office at the Barbour County Courthouse Friday morning.
Warner was sworn in for his second term by Barbour County Sheriff Brett Carpenter at the start of the Barbour County Commission meeting Friday. Warner, originally elected in 2016, defeated Natalie Tennant for a second time in November, earning 58 percent of the votes cast.
The Warner family has deep roots in Barbour County, dating back to when West Virginia separated from Virginia. Warner’s great-great grandfather, Joseph McCoy, was the first-ever sheriff of Barbour County. The secretary of state’s full name, Andrew McCoy “Mac” Warner, honors the McCoy family.
“I just thought with the re-election and a second four-year term, what better place to get sworn in than right in the center of the state in Barbour County,” said Warner. “It was nice to get sworn in by the current sheriff of the county, Brett Carpenter, and County Clerk Connie Coffman did a fabulous job of pulling this all together. It was a touching and moving day for me.”
Warner said a local historian was at the ceremony, and the secretary of state said he and his family enjoyed looking through several documents that showcased his family’s historic ties to the area.
“It was a fun day and I think everyone there had a good experience,” Warner said. “There couldn’t have been a more beautiful and historic setting for this to occur than in the Barbour County courtroom. It just made it extra special and my thanks goes out to all of the people that made this special for my family and me.”
The Warner family still maintains the Old McCoy Farm, which is the original home place of the McCoy family. It’s located in the Union District along the Buckhannon River. The Warners now have a lodge on the property where they gather for family events.
“The old farm is a rallying point for our entire family,” Warner said. “We come here during the summer, the fourth of July, and other special occasions. It gives a place to get the family together and stay in touch.”
Prior to being elected to his first term, Warner served 23 years in the United State Army and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Warner also served an additional five years with the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the Military Academy at West Point and the West Virginia University College of Law. Warner has a Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of Virginia.
Warner has been married to his wife Debbie for 38 years and they have four children, all of whom have been officers in the U.S. Army. The couple also has four grandchildren.