United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has decided not to run for governor, according to the Manchin Press Office.
He issued a statement Sunday including his decision to remain in the United States Senate.
Manchin said in his statement that “it is because of that optimism that I have decided to continue serving the people of West Virginia in the United States Senate.”
Senator Manchin’s full statement below:
“When Robert C. Byrd died in 2010, I had to make one of the toughest political decisions of my life. I have always said that being Governor of West Virginia was my life’s most fulfilling work, and it was a true honor and privilege to be able to serve the great people of West Virginia. By removing politics and putting people first, we greatly improved our state. I truly believed we could take that success and our common sense approaches to Washington to improve the dysfunction in Congress. I will admit that it has been a harder transition than I had expected, but I believe that, after five years, we are beginning to make a difference. We are simply bringing a greater sense of bipartisanship and commitment to working together for the good of the American people. It is because of that optimism that I have decided to continue serving the people of West Virginia in the United States Senate. My main purpose in the Senate, has, and always will be, to represent the great people of West Virginia to the best of my ability, and I have always said that when my country succeeds, my state succeeds. I feel that I can have the greatest impact on West Virginia and America by staying in Washington. This place may not be working now, but I’m not going to stop fighting to make it work.”