Governor-elect Jim Justice has chosen former West Virginia Democratic Party chair and congressional candidate Nick Casey as his chief of staff, Justice announced Monday.

“Nick Casey is as genuine as they come, and will be a tremendous asset to my administration and the people of West Virginia,” Justice said in a news release. “He has the experience and the background to really help me transform our state. Nick knows how to bring people together, and will help lead my team in taking West Virginia to new heights. Nick is a caring man who’s dedicated himself to helping others in need; he understands the true meaning of service.”

Casey, who is a Charleston attorney and CPA, served as Democratic Party chair during part of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s time as governor. Casey ran for Congress in 2014 and was defeated in the fall election by Republican Congressman Alex Mooney.

Casey was the treasurer of Justice’s successful gubernatorial campaign.

“It’s a real honor to serve the Governor-elect and the people of West Virginia in this new role,” Casey said. “West Virginia has so much potential, and I am excited for this opportunity to help Jim Justice make our state number one. I’m working with Governor-elect Justice to fill our cabinet and transition team with West Virginia’s best and brightest.”

Justice will be sworn-in to office Jan. 16.