Jim Justice was sworn in as the governor of West Virginia on January 16, 2017.
Jim Justice is an agriculture and coal businessman who owns more than 50 companies, including The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs. He started Justice Family Farms in 1977. The corn, wheat and soybean operation grew to more than 50,000 acres in four different states and is now the largest grain producer on the East Coast. Since 1993, he has served as president and CEO of Bluestone Industries and Bluestone Coal Corporation.
Justice attended Marshall University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration. He and his wife, Cathy, have two children, James C., III (Jay) and Jill.
Cathy Leigh Comer Justice became the first lady of West Virginia when her husband, Governor Jim Justice, was sworn in on Jan. 16, 2017.
Mrs. Justice was born in Beckley and grew up in Prosperity, West Virginia. She graduated from Marshall University with a degree in secondary education. After college, she moved back to Raleigh County, and she and Governor Justice were married.
Mrs. Justice served as president of Comer Electric, Inc., a business started by her family, and she was a member of the board of directors for First National Bank in Ronceverte for five years. She also spent time substitute teaching in Raleigh County schools, and she is involved in a local reading program for elementary school students.
The first lady was active in 4-H growing up and rode horses competitively. Mrs. Justice is involved in the family’s thoroughbred racing operation and several of her horses are currently competing in thoroughbred racing at prominent racetracks across the country.
In 2016, the first lady and Governor Justice celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have two children, Jay Justice and Dr. Jill Justice. The Justices are members of the First Baptist Church in Beckley.
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