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Mike Green

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President and CEO, Custom Business Solutions LLC
President, Premier Construction Inc./Senator, West Virginia Senate
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Mike Green says he loves being a youth sports coach for the same reason he enjoys being a state senator.

"I think it's very important we take an active role in our young people's lives," Green said. "Being a coach, it gives me the opportunity to be a positive influence on young people."

The Democrat who represents Raleigh County is a business owner and a self-employed entrepreneur. Green said his position in politics allows him to help other business owners throughout the state.

He said he got involved in the West Virginia Senate, where he has served two terms, in order to instill a more business-friendly climate in West Virginia.

"As a business owner I saw the direct impact the political process had on my business," Green said. 

He said his driving business force comes from the passion he has for his career, something he learned early. In fact, he describes himself as both an early bird and a night owl.

After realizing he could affect the business climate firsthand, he said it was obvious running for the Senate was his next step. However, Green was not always involved in business or politics. After graduating from Concord College with a degree in biology, Green attended the West Virginia State Police Academy where he pursued a six-year career in law enforcement. 

He worked for the Beckley Police Department in several different positions including patrolman and K-9 handler.

Green has been married to his wife, Kelly, for 12 years and has two children — Sydney, 9, and Brady, 8.

He said his children are the reason for his choice not only to coach their sports teams but also to help the future of West Virginia's youth in all aspects of state government.