Career of retiring US Sen. Jay Rockefeller

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Posted: Jan 03, 2015 12:35 PM

A look at the life of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring:

BORN: June 18, 1937, New York City

PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat

CAREER

1966: Elected to state House of Delegates

1968: Elected West Virginia secretary of state.

1972: Lost to Republican Arch A. Moore Jr. in West Virginia governor's race, Rockefeller's only political defeat.

1973: Named president of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

1976: Elected to first of two terms as West Virginia governor.

1984: Elected to first of five terms as U.S. senator.

2013: Announces he will retire after his term expires in early 2015.

EDUCATION

B.A. in Far Eastern Languages and History, Harvard College, 1961. Undergraduate work at International Christian University in Tokyo, 1957-60.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

1961: National Advisory Council, Peace Corps

1962: Special Assistant to Sargent Shriver, director, Peace Corps

1963-64: State Department

1964: VISTA volunteer, Emmons, West Virginia.

FAMILY

Married to Sharon Percy Rockefeller. Four children: John Davison Rockefeller V, Valerie Rockefeller, Charles Rockefeller, Justin Aldrich Rockefeller.

Rockefeller is the great-grandson of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller and the son of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller III. Uncles Winthrop (Arkansas) and Nelson (New York) were Republican governors. Another uncle, David Rockefeller, ran Chase Manhattan Bank.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

"We owe Jay Rockefeller a lot. As time goes on, I believe his legacy will grow." — Cecil Roberts, president, United Mine Workers of America.

"I feel so blessed that I grew up in the Jay Rockefeller school of politics and government. He had such a work ethic, such incredible high ethics. He imparted to his staff that he didn't expected one thing less of them. The things he valued, he would fight for to the end. And he loves West Virginia and the people of West Virginia." — West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman, a worker on Rockefeller's early campaigns and appointed by him as the state's youngest circuit court judge in 1981.