BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) will return to the Upshur County school he once lead on Tuesday to reflect on his 50 years in public service in Washington, D.C. and in West Virginia.

Rockefeller will be part of a forum at West Virginia Wesleyan in Upshur County where he served as president from 1973-1976.

Ted Koppel will be the moderator for the event that begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wesleyan’s Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

For the first time since 1984, Rockefeller, 76, is not seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate.  He has said his current term, his fifth, will be his last.

Rockefeller first came to West Virginia as a VISTA volunteer assigned to Emmons in southern West Virginia in 1964.

His political career began in 1966 when he ran for the state House of Delegates.  Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, he served as secretary of state and governor.

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  • CaptainQ

    Hope Jay brings his huge checkbook with him. From what I've heard, WVWC could really use some more major donations.

  • BNK

    May be we can get lucky and people like Carman, Pickle Barrel, and David will leave our great state. I wonder what you have done the past 50 years.

    • Pickle Barrel

      Well, unlike Jay, I sure didn't carpetbag my way into WV, throw my millions around running for office, run the state into the ground as Governor and then become a do-nothing in the Senate for 30 years.

  • thornton

    It's a crying shame that any "look back" is not in a rearview mirror....and 45 years prior.

  • Gary Karstens

    I am looking forward to this event. A great statesman for the common man of WV is Senator Jay Rockefeller.

    • Alum

      Let's see now, born into a wealthy family...

      I fail to see the connection to the common man.

      Now on the other hand, I witnessed him impress many people with his wealth. Those impressed thought he was paying for those picnics and dinners and failed to realize that his campaign money paid for it all, not his bank account.

    • Jeremy

      I am not so certain.

  • Carmen

    If he is going to list his accomplishments for West Virginia it will be over in under a minute.

    In the long list of exploitations of this State his act is at the top of the list.

    • Pickle Barrel

      He can't talk about anything for less than a minute. I've been to events where he was the after-dinner speaker. Fidel Castro could learn from Jay on how to put an audience to sleep by talking too long.

  • David

    50 years of nothing...

    Now it's back to DC or NY carpet bagger ...