Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) will not seek a sixth term in 2014, he announced Friday morning.
“As I approach 50 years of public service in West Virginia, I’ve decided that 2014 will be the right moment for me to find new ways to fight for the causes I believe in and to spend more time with my incredible family,” he said.
Rockefeller would have faced a tough challenge from Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) in the conservative state, where President Obama is very unpopular. But he told the AP that he was retiring because he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“I’ve gotten way out of whack in terms of the time I should spend with my wife and my children and my grandchildren,” the 75-year-old senator said.
Rockefeller chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Serving his sixth term in the Senate, Rockefeller has held elected office in West Virginia since the 1960s. He was governor for two terms. The great-grandson of oilman and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, the senator is the only member of the once-dominant political family currently in office.