CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Coal Association is endorsing West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate in the 2018 General Election.

“Since he took office, General Morrisey has been a tireless advocate for West Virginia’s coal industry,” WVCA President Bill Raney said. “He fought for us against the Obama Administration, which was using every tool available to try and end coal mining in the United States. We know Patrick Morrisey will continue to fight for West Virginia coal as a member of the U.S. Senate, working in tandem with President Donald Trump.”

Raney said incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin also has been a longtime friend of coal, but Morrisey’s bold actions to protect the livelihoods of thousands of West Virginia coal miners deserves to be recognized.

“He not only waged legal battles against the previous administration on behalf of West Virginia’s coal industry, he corralled an incredibly impressive army of attorneys general in other states to protect mining and coal-fired electric power,” Raney said. “That action led to an unprecedented stay against Obama’s EPA and his so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ at the U.S. Supreme Court, saving many coal miners’ jobs while the Trump Administration works to reissue a more balanced regulatory proposal.”