KEYSER - United States Congressman Evan Jenkins of the Third Congressional District visited Keyser Wednesday and met with the Mineral County Economic Development Authority.

KEYSER - United States Congressman Evan Jenkins of the Third Congressional District visited Keyser Wednesday and met with the Mineral County Economic Development Authority. 
He also toured Criterion Inc, a locally owned business that refurbishes commercial and residential lawn furniture.
"Criterion is such a special business because it is a true testament to our West Virginia way of life,” Jenkins said.
“ Jim Kauffman breathes new life into used products that would otherwise be thrown on the scrap heap. Nearly 40 years ago he set to work to fix a broken chair. He has grown that job into a business that employs more than 20 people in West Virginia.
“It is imperative that we do all we can do to keep federal government overreach off the throats of small business like Criterion. I will always fight for small business owners like Jim who are bringing good paying jobs to the area."
Since announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate in May, Jenkins has been traveling the state discussing his work in Washington to protect coal, fight for seniors and bring more good paying jobs to West Virginia.
During his visit to the area, Jenkins also held a meet-n-greet in Moorefield, toured Allegheny Wood Products in Petersburg and walked the Tri-County Fair parade.
The Huntington legislator was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2014, defeating 38-year incumbent Nick Rahall. He serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
In 2018 primary, he will be running on the Republican ticket for the seat currently held by Sen. Joe Manchin.