Senator Rockefeller's Retirement

A Note from Jay


In my thirty years in the United States Senate, I have received my best advice from constituents back home. I love being able to communicate directly with my fellow West Virginians.

However, as I prepare to leave the United States Senate at the end of December, I no longer have the opportunity to personally answer each letter, fax, phone call or request that I receive with the level of detail and information that you deserve. 

Rest assured that I will use every day between now and the end of the year to continue to work for you, and for policies that benefit West Virginians. However, as casework will require ongoing help beyond my term, I encourage you to be in touch with your other elected officials. You can also contact them for tour and flag requests. 

For your convenience, I have included a list of contacts for those offices.

First Congressional District: 304-284-8506

Second Congressional District: 304-925-5964

Third Congressional District: 304- 522-6425

Senator Joe Manchin: 304-342-5853

If you call my Washington office at 202-224-6472, my staff will be happy to direct you to the appropriate member of Congress.

Thank you once again for the opportunity to be your Senator.



Senator Rockefeller's Legacy

Senator Jay Rockefeller has proudly served the people of West Virginia for nearly 50 years. Rockefeller first came to West Virginia in 1964 as a 27-year-old VISTA volunteer serving in the small mining community of Emmons. Many of the lessons that Rockefeller learned in Emmons have shaped his public service career and led to his life-long commitment to improving the lives of West Virginians and all Americans.

In 1966, he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates and to the office of West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968. He served as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1975. In 1976, Rockefeller was elected Governor of West Virginia, and was re-elected in 1980. In 1984, he was elected to the United States Senate, and re-elected in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.

On November 8, 2014, joined by his wife, Sharon, friends, and current and former staff, Senator Rockefeller formally donated his Senate papers to West Virginia University and announced a new school at WVU, the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics.

“My career in service to West Virginia and its people was undertaken with a singular recognition that none of us exist solely for ourselves, but for the sake of others,” Rockefeller said. “The goal of the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics is to instill that passion in others—and empower them to make the world a better place.”

For a summary of Senator Rockefeller’s Senate career, click here.

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