US Senator Jay Rockefeller heads into retirement | Inquirer News

US Senator Jay Rockefeller heads into retirement

/ 06:10 AM January 04, 2015
Sen. Jay Rockefeller. AP

Sen. Jay Rockefeller. AP

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — US Sen. Jay Rockefeller is heading into retirement after a half century of public service.

The five-term senator from West Virginia says he “could not imagine a more rewarding career.”

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Rockefeller is the last member of the Rockefeller family dynasty in political office — and the only Democrat.

He arrived in West Virginia in 1964 as a social worker and switched party affiliations two years later when he was elected to the state House of Delegates. After stints as secretary of state, a college president and as governor, he was elected to the US Senate in 1984.

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Former President Bill Clinton says West Virginia — and America — are better off because as a young man, Rockefeller chose a life of service.

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