W.Va. Secretary of Commerce
In December 2010, Keith Burdette was appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce and executive director of the West Virginia Development Office.
Burdette began his public service when he was elected to the first of two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates. In 1982, he was elected to the West Virginia State Senate. In 1989, Keith was elected the 42nd President of the State Senate at the age of 34, the youngest Senate President in the state’s history.
The West Virginia Jaycees named him their Outstanding Young West Virginian in 1991, and in 1992 the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans for that year.
Upon leaving the Legislature in 1994, Keith formed a government relations and consulting business. Three days after the 2000 election, Governor-Elect Bob Wise asked him to join the new administration where he served for three years as Director of Policy and Legislative Relations. After leaving the administration in 2003, Keith formed the Burdette Group Consulting firm.
In November 2004, the Area Roundtable hired Keith to manage and operate the Area Roundtable and the Wood County Development Authority. He serves as president of the Area Roundtable, which is the umbrella organization for all development activities in Wood County including the work of the Wood County Development Authority and the Parkersburg-Wood County Development Corporation.
Keith is actively involved in the Parkersburg community, where he resides. He is married to the former Pat Haught Huffman and has two sons and two stepsons.