Jim Justice has fired Gayle Manchin, the state's secretary of education and the arts, after she offered to resign.
Manchin, wife of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., released a statement Monday criticizing House Bill 4006, which would eliminate her position and department, USA Today reported.
“In an obvious rush to score partisan points, the Republican state legislature passed dangerous and destructive legislation to eliminate the Office of Education and the Arts on a mostly party-line vote,” Manchin wrote.
Manchin’s termination came about a week after Justice agreed to a 5 percent pay raise to end a nine-day teacher’s strike in the state, USA Today reported.
In January 2017, Justice appointed Manchin to her position, after she served on the West Virginia State Board of Education from 2007 to 2015.