BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) says a lot has changed since he first ran for public office in 1966 and won a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Rockefeller, 76, reflected on those many changes during a Tuesday forum at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon where he served as president from 1973-1976.

During the forum, he talked about his path to public service and his connection to the people of the Mountain State.

Ted Koppel moderated the forum at Wesleyan’s Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts that included students and community members from Upshur County and surrounding areas.

In all, Rockefeller has put 50 years into public service.  He first arrived in West Virginia as a VISTA volunteer assigned to Emmons in 1964.

Rockefeller has served in the U.S. Senate since 1984.  His current term, his fifth, will be his last.

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  • Jonus Grumby

    Any guesses as to him moving back home to New York.

  • rick

    View...can you tell me all the good things that the "righties" have done for WV? What happened to all the patriotic capitolists...look at southern WV and see what boom and bust does. He does go to his home there by the way.

  • Independent View

    He doesn't have a "home" in Pocahontas County as you charaterize it.
    He owns a farm that he never visits and it was purchased so he could declare that he had a "home" in WV.
    And, he had the landing stip extended at the Greenbank Observatory with federal funds so his private plane could land there.
    Rockefeller has not lived in WV for 30+ years and when he did the taxpayers picked up the tab for the governors' mansion.
    As U.S, Senator that was supposed to represent West Virginians, he was as reckless as a baby with a nail gun!
    He voted in lock-step with Clinton, Obama, Feinstein, Boxer, Schumer, Waxman, Reid and their ilk! Never representing West Virginians, just the Lefties!

  • arp

    What a horrible hypocrite!! Rockefailure injected an obscene amount of money--tens of millions--into buying elections for himself and now bemoans how expensive elections have become? I can still picture Democrats flashing the crisp $100 bills they received from him (illegal, of course) to "haul voters" when Jay ran against Arch Moore in 1980 and against John Raese in '84. He's been virtually worthless to W.Va. and has contaminated our political process with his cash. But who's really to blame? The gullible voters who elected him over and over again!

  • Alum

    "Rockefeller Reflects"

    ... and it took a full 30 seconds.

    • Jeremy

      LOL!!! Almost choked on my water with that one.

  • Voter

    Dumbest move ever was to sell the gold off of the WV Capitol dome for a snow plow while he was Governor. He made a career doing nothing.

  • rick

    Stupid comments by people who have never been in the arena. Jay came here as a young man who wanted to help a people he liked and admired. He worked with the Vista program. He was a damn good governor in his time and worked many years for the State as a Senator. He never had the PR that Sen. Byrd had but any of you who are veterans you should send him a card of thanks for all he did for you during his tenure. He could have gone anywhere but he chose to live and work in WV. He still has his home in Greenbank. He raised his children here until he went to DC. He like Sen Byrd has been a good public servant for what sounds like a very ungrateful people. I hope you enjoy Shelley Capito's tenure.

    • DWL

      He "choose" WV because he knew the stupid voters in the majority of the state would vote anything with a (d) beside of it's name into office. In so far as him raising his snot-nosed brats in WV, I had the pleasure (not) of watching his "son" treat a WV SP Sgt. like he was a dog while they slummed in the governor's mansion. He used this state and the leftist fools let him!

      • Jonus Grumby

        + 1

      • joey

        right on.

  • El Supremo

    Carpetbagger that utilized a fortune he did NOT earn to buy a Senate seat. The biggest disappointment was that West Virginians failed to see through this empty suit.

    Name his major accomplishments as a Senator.

    • Jonus Grumby

      Oh please! There are countless accomplishments. He uhhh...and then he lobbied for uhhh...of course he worked hard to get uhhh....and let's not forget uhhh. So long Jay! Don't let the door hit you on the behind on the way out of the state.

  • DWL

    Good thing Carpetbagger Jay (d) has "monkey arms" so he can pat himself on the back. He wrapped them things around the m0r0n too. Guess it's rough crawling out from under his rock. Leaving as the failure he is, to be forgotten in a nanosecond. Gone yet? Don't let the door hit you in the a-$-$.