West Virginia Judiciary

Chief Justice Tim Armstead

Justice Tim ArmsteadChief Justice Tim Armstead was appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia by Governor Jim Justice to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Justice Menis Ketchum. He took office September 25, 2018, and was elected November 6, 2018, to retain the seat until the end of the term on December 31, 2020.

Chief Justice Armstead became Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017. Prior to serving as Speaker of the House, he had been Minority Leader since 2006 and a member of the House since 1998.

Chief Justice Armstead began his public service career as a press intern for Governor Arch Moore. He later worked as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff of Governor Cecil Underwood. He served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge David A. Faber.

Chief Justice Armstead is a graduate of the University of Charleston and West Virginia University College of Law. He lives in Elkview with his wife, Anna. They have one daughter, a grandson and a granddaughter.