PRESS RELEASE: Ed Gaunch to Join Cardinal Institute Board of Directors


DATE: December 15, 2022 



Amanda Kieffer, Communications Director, Cardinal Institute for WV Policy

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Ed Gaunch to Join Cardinal Institute Board of Directors


Charleston, WV – The Cardinal Institute is pleased to announce that Ed Gaunch will be joining its Board of Directors. C. Edward Gaunch is a native of Boone County. After graduating from West Virginia State University in 1970, he spent more than three decades in the insurance industry including 34 years at the Carson Agency in Charleston where he served as President and   CEO for several years. In 2014, he was elected to the State Senate representing the 8th District. In December 2018, Mr. Gaunch was appointed by Governor Jim Justice to serve as Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Mr. Gaunch, and Marilyn, his wife of 55 years, currently reside in Charleston, West Virginia.


The Cardinal Institute could not be prouder to have a man like Ed Gaunch join its board of directors. Ed is universally respected for his integrity, business acumen, love for his home state, and his desire to help shape a better future for West Virginia and its people,” said Garrett Ballengee, Executive Director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy. “Ed is dedicated to bettering the broader West Virginia community, a goal deeply shared by the Cardinal Institute. We look forward to bigger and better things with Ed on board in 2023 and beyond.


“I am pleased and honored to be invited to join the Board of the Cardinal Institute because the mission of Cardinal matches one of my own personal mission priorities which is to promote economic freedom, individual liberty, consumer choice, and limited government,” remarked Ed Gaunch. “I am passionate about serving my fellow West Virginians because I am a native son who has been blessed greatly by this state and its people. I want to be a catalyst to help create an atmosphere where our young citizens, including our children and grandchildren, can flourish and enjoy a wonderful future in this state that we love,” continued Gaunch. “I am very optimistic about the future of West Virginia. We have made giant strides over the past decade in terms of policy and governmental attitude. Folks are beginning to recognize that West Virginia is a wonderful place to live, work, play, transact business, and raise a family. While there is work yet to be done, I believe that the underpinnings are in place to make further progress.”


Founded in 2014, The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit dedicated to research, develop, and communicate effective free market public policies for West Virginia.




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