Rob Alsop earned his political science degree from WVU in 1999 and law degree from the WVU College of Law in 2002. In addition to working in private practice for Bowles Rice LLP, and Jackson Kelly, PLLC, Rob has extensive state and federal government experience. From November 2010 through May of 2013, he served as chief of staff to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, where he focused on a host of legislative initiatives, including the Marcellus Shale regulatory structure, OPEB reform, primary education reform, and a host of economic development and budgetary matters. From January of 2005 through November 2007, Rob served in a number of capacities for former Governor Joe Manchin, including deputy general counsel, general counsel, for the Department of Revenue, and secretary of revenue. During his tenure with former Governor Manchin, he was Manchin’s designee as chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, working on the privatization of that system. He served as chief of staff for Senator Carte Goodwin in Washington, D.C., and clerked for the Honorable Robert King, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, in Charleston, West Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia.