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Shawn Fluharty 

West Virginia Legislator; President, NCLGS

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Since 2018, West Virginia has become one of the few markets in the U.S. to legalize both sports betting and iGaming. This is due in large part to the work of Shawn Fluharty, minority whip in the state legislature and the president of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS). Having championed the legalization of both verticals, Fluharty has become a key voice in the industry, especially as legislative progress was ground to a halt this spring and summer. He spoke with GGB Managing Editor Jess Marquez via Zoom in June.

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Jess Marquez is the managing editor of Global Gaming Business. A lifelong Nevadan, Marquez has communications experience across multiple sectors, including local government. Prior to joining GGB, he was the communications and advertising director for a prominent personal injury law firm based in Las Vegas and Seattle. He also founded and hosted The Pair O’Dice Podcast, a weekly show that focused on sports betting news and predictions. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019 with a B.A. in journalism. Outside of work, Marquez is passionate about professional sports, classic literature and leatherworking.

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