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WV Senate honors Dr. Rahul Gupta

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The West Virginia Senate paused for a moment to honor a chief medical officer in the Mountain State on the last day of the Legislative session.

Rahul Gupta, the health officer and executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston and Putnam County health departments, was honored March 8 in the West Virginia Senate.

Several senators spoke on behalf of Gupta, praising him for becoming a prominent role after a chemical leak occurred in Charleston.

Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, said he has gotten to know Gupta over the last several months and said he has "provided leadership and was a voice looking at people in this region as they went through the crisis."

Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam, also spoke on Gupta's behalf, calling him a close family friend.

"He's been someone our constituents have looked to for guidance," Walters said. "He is somebody that our state is very lucky to have."

Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, said he didn't know Gupta until about a year ago but said he was very efficient and good at his job.

Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, said the senators and other state leaders have gotten to know Gupta throughout the water crisis.

"He's been one of the premier champions for the state of West Virginia," McCabe said.

Unger said Gupta has been a breathe of fresh air throughout the situation.

"I think a lot of people did breathe easier because they felt trusted in him," Unger said.

Sen. Evan Jenkins, R-Cabell, thanked Gupta for his friendship and leadership to the state.