William Ihlenfeld to announce candidacy for State Senate in Weirton

WEIRTON — William Ihlenfeld, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, will announce his candidacy for the West Virginia State Senate in District 1 at 4 p.m., Monday at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton.

Senate District 1 includes Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties and a portion of Marshall county. Ihlenfeld will be running against incumbent state Sen. Ryan Ferns, R-Wheeling.

Ihlenfeld will discuss his plan to help improve the lives of working families in the Northern Panhandle. He will be joined by community leaders, educators and special guests for the announcement.

The event is open to the public.

Ihlenfeld served as U.S. Attorney for more than six years. While serving as the top federal prosecutor in the 32-county district, Ihlenfeld placed special emphasis on the pursuit of drug trafficking organizations as well as pharmaceutical companies that filled suspicious orders for prescription painkillers. He represented the Department of Justice in the federal government’s effort to reduce the flow of illicit drugs coming into the United States, and received national recognition for his efforts to combat the country’s drug epidemic. Ihlenfeld also spoke to thousands of children and young adults about the dangers of drugs during his tenure.

While U.S. Attorney, Ihlenfeld investigated British banking giant HSBC for its failure to stop billions of dollars in money laundering by Mexican drug cartels. His efforts are featured in “Dirty Money,” a new series about corporate greed and corruption released last month on Netflix.

In 2017, Ihlenfeld received the Outstanding Service in Law Enforcement Award from the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association for his distinguished record of law enforcement service.

Ihlenfeld served as a state and federal prosecutor in the Northern Panhandle for 20 years and is now a partner with Bailey Glasser LLP. A life-long resident of Wheeling, he is married to Rebecca Ihlenfeld. They have three children.