Rockefeller to deliver US Senate farewell speech

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Longtime U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is scheduled to deliver his farewell speech on the Senate floor.

The 77-year-old West Virginia Democrat plans to speak at 3 p.m. Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Rockefeller’s retirement comes after about five decades in public service in West Virginia. He first won his Senate seat in 1984.

He was elected to the state House of Delegates in 1966. He then served as secretary of state, president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, governor and U.S. senator.

Rockefeller first came to West Virginia in 1964 as a 27-year-old VISTA volunteer.

Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito won Rockefeller’s open seat last month.

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