Bowles Rice Welcomes Keith Burdette as Business Development Director

February 3, 2017

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Bowles Rice is pleased to welcome Keith Burdette, former Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce, as the firm’s business development director. Burdette also served as executive director of the West Virginia Development Office and chairman of the West Virginia Development Authority and the Jobs Investment Trust during the administration of West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

He will assist Bowles Rice clients and attorneys with business and economic development issues. He has experience spearheading projects ranging from major economic development projects and workforce training programs to expansion of manufacturing facilities and site selection for new construction. Burdette has significant working relationships with business leaders throughout the country as well as internationally, and has a keen understanding of government, local to federal. He is a skilled facilitator and liaison between government and industry and a powerful advocate for business and development in the Appalachian region.

“We are excited to welcome Keith Burdette to Bowles Rice. Keith has dedicated himself through public service to growing our state and region for many years,” said Bowles Rice Managing Partner Tom Heywood. “Our mission at Bowles Rice is to contribute to the success of our clients and vitality of our communities through advocacy, counsel, leadership and service and to improve lives and opportunities in the communities we serve.  We look forward to Keith being a part of this work and to continuing to grow our state and region by helping our clients and businesses grow.”

Burdette began his career in public service in the West Virginia House of Delegates, where he served two terms. In 1982, he was elected to the West Virginia State Senate. Seven years later, he was elected the 42nd President of the State Senate at the age of 34, the youngest Senate President in the state’s history.

He served for three years as director of policy and legislative relations in former Governor Bob Wise’s administration. After leaving that position in 2003, Keith formed his own business, a consulting firm, and represented both state and national businesses and organization.

His experience in business development also includes a role as president of the Area Roundtable from 2004 to 2010, the umbrella organization for all development activities in Wood County, West Virginia, including the Wood County Development Authority and the Parkersburg-Wood County Development Corporation.


Bowles Rice is a full-service law firm with more than 120 attorneys serving clients from seven offices located in Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling, West Virginia;  Southpointe, Pennsylvania; and Winchester, Virginia.