U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is thanking U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) for his decades of service to the people of West Virginia.
Senator Manchin released the following statement on Friday after Senator Rockefeller announced that he will not be running for a sixth term in the U.S. Senate in 2014:
“Gayle and I join all West Virginians in thanking Jay for representing our state for more than 40 years – whether it was as a state legislator, Secretary of State, our Governor or as a member of the United States Senate. We wish him, his wife Sharon and their family only the best in their future endeavors, and I know that Jay will continue to make a difference in the lives of others.
“When I first arrived in Washington two and a half years ago, I couldn’t have received a warmer welcome from Jay and his staff, and I am so personally grateful for all their help. More importantly, in all his decades of public service, Jay has followed one guiding principle: to improve the lives of West Virginians. Jay’s heart has always been true, and we share the goal of serving the beautiful people of the state we love today and into the future.”