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Kenny Perdue has been active in the AFL-CIO and central labor councils since 1977, and an active member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association for over 30 years. He was elected to the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Executive Board following the retirement of his father from the board in 1989. A second generation union sheet metal worker, with three brothers also working in the trade, he was elected as a Business Representative for his local union. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the West Virginia AFL-CIO from 1997 until August 16, 2004, when he became President upon the retirement of the former president. Kenny is very active in the Vision Shared initiative as co-leader of the Implementation Task Force.