Jay Rockefeller

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Jay Rockefeller
Jay Rockefeller official photo.jpg
United States Senator
from West Virginia
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 15, 1985
Serving with Joe Manchin
Preceded byJennings Randolph
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded byDaniel Inouye
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byPat Roberts
Succeeded byDianne Feinstein
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byArlen Specter
Succeeded byArlen Specter
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded byArlen Specter
Succeeded byArlen Specter
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byAlan Cranston
Succeeded byAlan K. Simpson
29th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 17, 1977 – January 14, 1985
Preceded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
Succeeded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
22nd Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office
1969–1973
GovernorArch A. Moore, Jr.
Preceded byRobert D. Bailey, Jr.
Succeeded byEdgar F. Heiskell III
Member of the
West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
December 1, 1966 – December 1, 1968
Personal details
BornJohn Davison Rockefeller IV
(1937-06-18) June 18, 1937 (age 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sharon Lee Percy
(m. 1967—present)
ChildrenJohn Davison Rockefeller V
Valerie Rockefeller
Charles Rockefeller
Justin Aldrich Rockefeller
ResidenceCharleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma materHarvard College (A.B.)
OccupationPolitician
College Administrator
ReligionPresbyterian
Signature
Websitewww.rockefeller.senate.gov
 
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Jay Rockefeller
Jay Rockefeller official photo.jpg
United States Senator
from West Virginia
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 15, 1985
Serving with Joe Manchin
Preceded byJennings Randolph
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded byDaniel Inouye
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byPat Roberts
Succeeded byDianne Feinstein
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byArlen Specter
Succeeded byArlen Specter
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded byArlen Specter
Succeeded byArlen Specter
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byAlan Cranston
Succeeded byAlan K. Simpson
29th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 17, 1977 – January 14, 1985
Preceded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
Succeeded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
22nd Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office
1969–1973
GovernorArch A. Moore, Jr.
Preceded byRobert D. Bailey, Jr.
Succeeded byEdgar F. Heiskell III
Member of the
West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
December 1, 1966 – December 1, 1968
Personal details
BornJohn Davison Rockefeller IV
(1937-06-18) June 18, 1937 (age 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sharon Lee Percy
(m. 1967—present)
ChildrenJohn Davison Rockefeller V
Valerie Rockefeller
Charles Rockefeller
Justin Aldrich Rockefeller
ResidenceCharleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma materHarvard College (A.B.)
OccupationPolitician
College Administrator
ReligionPresbyterian
Signature
Websitewww.rockefeller.senate.gov

John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV (born June 18, 1937) is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia. He was first elected to the Senate in 1984, while in office as Governor of West Virginia, a position he held from 1977 to 1985. Rockefeller moved to Emmons, West Virginia to serve as a VISTA worker in 1964, and was first elected to public office in the state, as a member of the House of Delegates, in 1966. Rockefeller was later elected West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968 and was president of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1975.

As a great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, he is the only currently serving politician of the prominent six-generation Rockefeller family and the only one to have held office as a Democrat in what has been a traditionally Republican dynasty.[1] On January 11, 2013, Rockefeller announced that he would not seek reelection in 2014.[2]

Early life[edit]

John Davison Rockefeller IV was born at New York Hospital in New York City to John Davison Rockefeller III (1906—1978) and Blanchette Ferry Hooker (1909—1992), 26 days after the death of his patrilineal great-grandfather, John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. (1839—1937). Jay graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1955 and from Harvard College in 1961 with an A.B. in Far Eastern Languages and History, after having spent three years studying Japanese at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

After college, Rockefeller worked for the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., under President John F. Kennedy, where he developed a friendship with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and worked as an assistant to Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver. He served as the Operations Director for the Corps' largest overseas program, in the Philippines. He continued his public service in 1964–1965 in the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), under President Lyndon B. Johnson, during which time he moved to Emmons, West Virginia.

Rockefeller, along with his son Charles, is a Trustee of New York's Asia Society, which was established by his father in 1956. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit think tank previously chaired by his uncle, David Rockefeller. As a Senator, he voted against the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, which was heavily backed by David Rockefeller.

Since 1967, Rockefeller has been married to the former Sharon Lee Percy, the Chief Executive Officer of WETA-TV, the leading PBS station in the Washington, D.C., area, which broadcasts such programs as PBS NewsHour and Washington Week. She is a twin daughter of Senator Charles Harting Percy (1919—2011) and Jeanne Valerie Dickerson.

Jay and Sharon have four children:

Jamie's wife, Emily, is the daughter of former National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Paul Tagliabue; John Davison Rockefeller VI was born to them on August 29, 2007. Before John VI's birth, they had two daughters, Laura Chandler Rockefeller (born c. 2000) and Sophia Percy Rockefeller (born c. 2002).[3]

The Rockefellers reside in Northwest Washington, D.C., and maintain permanent residence in Charleston, West Virginia. They have a ranch in the Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. President Bill Clinton, a friend of Rockefeller's, and the Clinton family vacationed at the ranch in August 1995.[4]

Rockefeller is related to several Republican Party supporters and former officeholders: His paternal grandmother Abigail Greene "Abby" Aldrich (1874—1948) was a daughter of Rhode Island Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich (1841—1915). John Davison Rockefeller, Jr. (1874—1960) and Abby's youngest son is banker David Rockefeller (born 1915), the Rockefeller patriarch. David's brother Winthrop Aldrich Rockefeller (1912—1973) served as Governor of Arkansas from 1967 to 1971. Winthrop and David's brother Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908—1979) served as Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973 and as Vice President of the United States under Gerald Ford (1974—1977). Jay is also a first cousin of Arkansas Lt. Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller (1948—2006).

State politics[edit]

Governor Rockefeller giving a speech aboard USS Stump, July 1984

He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1966, and to the office of West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968. He won the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1972, but was defeated in the general election by the Republican incumbent Governor Arch Moore. Rockefeller then served as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1975.

Rockefeller was elected Governor of West Virginia in 1976 and re-elected in 1980. He served as Governor when manufacturing plants and coal mines were closing as the national recession of the early 1980s hit West Virginia particularly hard. Between 1982 and 1984, West Virginia's unemployment rate hovered between 15 and 20 percent.

U.S. Senate tenure[edit]

Overview[edit]

In April 1992, he was the Democratic Party's finance chairman and considered running for the presidency, but pulled out after consulting with friends and advisers. He went on to strongly endorse Clinton as the Democratic candidate.[5]

He was the Chairman of the prominent Senate Intelligence Committee (retiring in January 2009), from which he commented frequently on the war in Iraq. He now serves as a member of the Committee, taking on the role of Chairmanship at the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

In 1993, Rockefeller became the principal Senate supporter, with Ted Kennedy, behind Bill and Hillary Clinton's sweeping health care reform package, liaising closely with the First Lady, opening up his mansion next to Rock Creek Park for its first strategy meeting. The reform was subsequently defeated by an alliance between the Business Roundtable and a small-business coalition. [6]

In 2002, Rockefeller made an official visit to several Middle Eastern countries, during which he discussed his personal views regarding United States military intentions with the leaders of those countries. In October of that year, Rockefeller strongly expressed his concern for Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction program while addressing the U.S. Senate:

There has been some debate over how "imminent" a threat Iraq poses. I do believe that Iraq poses an imminent threat, but I also believe that after September 11, that question is increasingly outdated. It is in the nature of these weapons, and the way they are targeted against civilian populations, that documented capability and demonstrated intent may be the only warning we get. To insist on further evidence could put some of our fellow Americans at risk. Can we afford to take that chance? We cannot![7]

In November 2005 during a TV interview, Rockefeller stated, "I took a trip [.....] in January 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq, that that was a predetermined set course that had taken shape shortly after 9/11."

Rockefeller noted that the comment expresses his personal opinion, and that he was not privy to any confidential information that such action was planned.[8] On October 11, 2002, he was one of 77 Senators who voted for the Iraq Resolution authorizing the Iraq invasion.

In February 2010, regarding President Obama, Rockefeller said, "He says 'I'm for clean coal,' and then he says it in his speeches, but he doesn't say it in here [.....] And he doesn't say it in the minds of my own people. And he's beginning to not be believable to me."

Rockefeller faced criticism from West Virginia coal companies, which claimed that he was out of touch.[9]

Rockefeller with former Senator Carte Goodwin.

Rockefeller became the senior U.S. Senator from West Virginia when Robert Byrd died in June 2010, after serving in the senate with Rockefeller for 25 years.

In July 2011 Rockefeller was prominent in calling for U.S. agencies to investigate whether alleged phone hacking at News Corporation's newspapers in the United Kingdom had targeted American victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.[10][11] Rockefeller and Barbara Boxer subsequently wrote to the oversight committee of Dow Jones & Company (a subsidiary of News Corporation) to request that it conduct an investigation into the hiring of former CEO Les Hinton, and whether any current or former executives had knowledge of or played a role in phone hacking.[12][13]

He announced on January 11, 2013, that he would not run for a sixth term.[2] On March 25, 2013, Rockefeller announced his support for gay marriage.[14]

Elections[edit]

In 1984, he was elected to the United States Senate, narrowly defeating businessman John Raese as Ronald Reagan easily carried the state in the presidential election. As in his 1980 gubernatorial campaign against Arch Moore, Rockefeller spent over $12 million to win a Senate seat. Rockefeller was re-elected in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008 by substantial margins. He was chair of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs (1993–1995; January 3 to January 20, 2001; and June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003). Rockefeller is the current chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (2009–present).

Committees[edit]

Rockefeller serves on the following committees in the 112th Congress:

Political positions[edit]

Iraq War[edit]

Rockefeller initially supported the use of force based upon the evidence presented by the intelligence community that linked Iraq to nuclear ambitions. After the Niger uranium forgeries, in which the Bush administration gave forged documents to U.N. weapons inspectors to support allegations against Iraq, Rockefeller started an investigation into the falsification and exaggeration of evidence for the war. Through the investigations, he became an outspoken critic of Bush and the Iraq war. As chair of the Intelligence committee, he presided over a critical report on the Administration's handling of intelligence and war operations.

Rockefeller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the final two pieces of the Phase II report on Iraq war intelligence on June 5, 2008.[15] Senator Rockefeller said, "The president and his advisers undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the attacks to use the war against Al Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein."[16]

Television violence[edit]

In July 2007, Senator Rockefeller announced that he planned to introduce legislation before the August Congressional recess that would give the FCC the power to regulate TV violence. According to the July 16, 2007 edition of Broadcasting & Cable, the new law would apply to both broadcast as well as cable and satellite programming. This would mark the first time that the FCC would be given power to regulate such a vast spectrum of content, which would include almost everything except material produced strictly for direct internet use. An aide to the senator said that his staff had also been carefully formulating the bill in such a way that it would be able to pass constitutional scrutiny by the courts.

Telecommunications companies[edit]

In 2007, Senator Rockefeller began steering the Senate Intelligence Committee to grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies who were accused of unlawfully assisting the National Security Agency (NSA) in monitoring the communications of American citizens (see Hepting v. AT&T).[17]

This was an about-face of sorts for Senator Rockefeller, who had hand-written a letter to Vice President Cheney in 2003 expressing his concerns about the legality of NSA's warrantless wire-tapping program. Some have attributed this change of heart to the spike in contributions from telecommunications companies to the senator just as these companies began lobbying Congress to protect them from lawsuits regarding their cooperation with the NSA.[18]

Between 2001 and the start of this lobbying effort, AT&T employees had contributed only $300 to the senator.[18] After the lobbying effort began, AT&T employees and executives donated $19,350 in three months.[18] The senator has pledged not to rely on his vast fortune to fund his campaigns,[19] and the AT&T contributions represent about 2% of the money he raised during the previous year.[18]

Torture[edit]

Though publicly deploring torture, Rockefeller was one of two Congressional Democrats briefed on waterboarding and other secret CIA practices in the early years of the Bush Administration, as well as the existence of taped evidence of such interrogations (later destroyed).[20] In December 2007, Rockefeller opposed a special counsel or commission inquiry into the destruction of the tapes, stating "it is the job of the intelligence committees to do that."[21]

On September 28, 2006, Rockefeller voted with a largely Republican majority to suspend habeas corpus provisions for anyone deemed by the Executive Branch an "unlawful combatant," barring them from challenging their detentions in court. Rockefeller's vote gave a retroactive, nine-year immunity to U.S. officials who authorized, ordered, or committed acts of torture and abuse, permitting the use of statements obtained through torture to be used in military tribunals so long as the abuse took place by December 30, 2005.[22] Rockefeller's vote authorized the President to establish permissible interrogation techniques and to "interpret the meaning and application" of international Geneva Convention standards, so long as the coercion fell short of "serious" bodily or psychological injury.[23][24] The bill became law on October 17, 2006.

2008 presidential election[edit]

On February 29, 2008, he endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States, citing Obama's judgment on the Iraq war and national security issues, and calling him the right candidate to lead America during a time of instability at home and abroad. This endorsement stood in stark contrast to the results of the state primary that was easily won by Hillary Clinton.

On April 7, 2008 in an interview for The Charleston Gazette, Rockefeller criticized John McCain's Vietnam experience:

“McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.”[25][26]

The McCain campaign called for an apology from Senator Rockefeller and for Barack Obama, whom Rockefeller endorsed, to denounce the comment. Rockefeller later apologized for the comment[27] and the Obama campaign issued a statement expressing Obama's disagreement with the comment. Senator Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina noted that "John didn't drop bombs from 35,000 feet....the bombs were not laser guided (in the 1960 and 1970s)".[28]

Cybersecurity[edit]

On April 1, 2009, Rockefeller introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 - S.773 (full text) before Congress. Citing the vulnerability of the Internet to cyber-attacks, the bill makes provisions to turn the Department of Commerce into a public-private clearing house to share potential threat information with the owners of large private networks. It authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to sequester any information deemed necessary, without regard to any law.[29]

It also authorizes the president to declare an undefined "cyber-emergency" which allows him to shut down any and all traffic to what he considers to be a compromised server.[30]

On June 1, 2011, Rockefeller sponsored the fourth West Virginia Homeland Security Summit and Expo. The event ran two days and focused on homeland security with Rockefeller emphasizing cybersecurity.[31]

Health care[edit]

In 1997, Senator Jay Rockefeller co-authored the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – a program aimed at giving low-income children health insurance coverage. Annually, CHIP has been successfully covering about 6 million children, who otherwise would have been uninsured. On September 30, 2007, the program expired, requiring Congress to reauthorize the legislation. On August 2, 2007, the vote for reauthorization passed legislation by a strong, bipartisan vote (68-31).

Recognizing the importance of long-term care for the nation's veterans, Rockefeller authored successful legislation that required the Department of Veterans Affairs, for the first time, to provide a wide range of extended care services—such as home health care, adult day care, respite care, and hospice care—to veterans who use the VA health care system.

Rockefeller is also a strong supporter of the fight against Alzheimer's and neurological disease. The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) was founded in Morgantown in 1999 by Senator Rockefeller and his family to help advance medical and scientific understanding of Alzheimer's and other diseases of the brain. BRNI is the world's only non-profit institute dedicated exclusively to the study of both human memory and diseases of memory. Its primary mission is to accelerate neurological discoveries from the lab, including diagnostic tools and treatments, to the clinic to benefit patients who suffer from neurological and psychiatric diseases. A $30 million state-of-the-art BRNI research facility was opened at West Virginia University in Fall 2008. The approximately 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) three-level building will house 100 scientists by 2012.

On Healthcare Reform, Rockefeller has been a proponent of a public option, fighting with some Democrats on the finance committee, in particular Max Baucus, the chairman of the committee, who contended that there was not enough support for a public option to gather the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster. Baucus asked repeatedly for Rockefeller to stop speaking on the issue.[32]

On September 29, 2009 Rockefeller offered an amendment to the Baucus Health Bill in the Senate Finance Committee to add a public option. The amendment was rejected 15 to 8, with five Democrats (Baucus, Kent Conrad, Blanche Lincoln, Tom Carper, Bill Nelson) and all Republicans voting no.[33]

Rockefeller supported President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009,[34] and he voted for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[35]

Electoral history[edit]

United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2008
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticJay Rockefeller447,98563.71%
RepublicanJay Wolfe255,07436.27%
United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2002
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticJay Rockefeller275,28163.11%
RepublicanJay Wolfe160,90236.89%
United States Senate election in West Virginia, 1996
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticJay Rockefeller456,52676.65%
RepublicanBetty Burkes139,08823.35%
United States Senate election in West Virginia, 1990
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticJay Rockefeller276,23468.32%
RepublicanJohn Yoder128,07131.68%
United States Senate election in West Virginia, 1984
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticJay Rockefeller'51.8%
RepublicanJohn Raese47.7%

Awards and decorations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Only Democrat in a staunchly Republican dynasty – see John Ensor Harr and Peter J. Johnson, The Rockefeller Century: Three Generations of America's Greatest Family, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988. (p.394)
  2. ^ a b Weiner, Rachel (2013-01-11). "Jay Rockefeller won’t run in 2014". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  3. ^ Comins, Linda (September 15, 2007). "Rockefellers Welcome Their First Grandson". Wheeling New-Register. 
  4. ^ Brozan, Nadine (1995-07-12). "Chronicle". Jackson Hole (Wyo): New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  5. ^ By R. W. Apple Jr. (1992-04-10). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Front-Runner; Like Voters, Superdelegates Have Doubts About Clinton". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  6. ^ The Clintons and health care reform – see Haynes Johnson & David S. Broder, The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996. (pp.32–34,50,227)
  7. ^ "Statement of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV on the Senate Floor On the Iraq Resolution". senate.gov. October 10, 2002. Archived from the original on 2003-12-03. [ ]
  8. ^ "Transcript: Sens. Roberts, Rockefeller on 'FNS' - FOX News Sunday | Chris Wallace". FOXNews.com. 2005-11-14. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  9. ^ Raby, John; Smith, Vicki (11 January 2013). "Jay Rockefeller Retiring: West Virginia Senator Won't Run Again When Term Ends In 2014". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Palazzo, Anthony (13 July 2011). "Sen. Jay Rockefeller Seeks U.S. Agency Probes of News Corp. Phone Hacking". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Blackden, Richard (17 July 2011). "Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch's US woes develop legs". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Spillius, Alex (21 July 2011). "Phone hacking: US senators increase pressure on Les Hinton". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Senators Call for Dow Jones Inquiry". Reuters. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  14. ^ Parnass, Sarah (2013-03-25). "Senators Abandon ‘Discriminatory’ DOMA Before Supreme Court Arguments". abcnews.go.com. ABC News. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  15. ^ "Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)". Rockefeller.senate.gov. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  16. ^ Bush Overstated Iraq Evidence, Senators Report - NYTimes.com
  17. ^ "Senate panel OKs spy measure". Latimes.com (Los Angeles Times). 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  18. ^ a b c d Singel, Ryan (October 18, 2007). "Democratic Lawmaker Pushing Immunity Is Newly Flush With Telco Cash". Threat Level from Wired.com (blog) (wired.com). Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  19. ^ "Election 2008". Hosted.ap.org. Archived from the original on 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  20. ^ "Chairman Rockefeller Statement on the CIA Decision to Destroy Tapes of Early Detainee Interrogations". U.S. Senate website. 2007-12-06. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  21. ^ Calvin Woodward (2007-12-10). "White House Stays Quiet on CIA Tapes". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-12-10. [dead link]
  22. ^ William Neikirk, Andrew Zajac, Mark Silva (2006-09-29). "Tribunal bill OKd by Senate". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  23. ^ Zernike, Kate (2006-09-28). "Senate Passes Broad New Detainee Rules". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  24. ^ Anne Plummer Flaherty (2006-09-28). "Senate OKs detainee interrogation bill". Associated Press. Retrieved 2006-09-29. [dead link]
  25. ^ "Jay Defends Endorsement of Sen. Obama" Charleston (WV) Gazette, 2008-04-08. wvgazette.com. (fee required).
  26. ^ "Rockefeller Apologizes for McCain Remark" FoxNews.com (AP) 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
  27. ^ "Rockefeller apologizes to McCain over Vietnam service comment". Register-herald.com, Beckley WV. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  28. ^ After Rockefeller Insult, McCain Camp Claims Obama Won’t Shut Down Campaign Smears - America’s Election HQ[dead link]
  29. ^ Senator John D. Rockefeller (2009-04-01). "Cybersecurity Act of 2009 Sec. 14". Library of congress. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  30. ^ Senator John D. Rockefeller (2009-04-01). "Cybersecurity Act of 2009 Sec. 18". Library of congress. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  31. ^ Homeland Security a Major Focus for Agencies Across W.Va.
  32. ^ Dana Milbank (2009-09-30). "Washington Sketch: Democratic Fratricide Begins". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  33. ^ Pear, Robert; Jackie Calmes (2009-09-29). "Senators Reject Pair of Public Option Proposals". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  34. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Vote, H.R. 3950". senate.gov. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  35. ^ "U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > Roll Call Vote". Senate.gov. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert D. Bailey, Jr.
West Virginia Secretary of State
January 13, 1969–January 15, 1973
Succeeded by
Edgar F. Heiskell, III
Preceded by
Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Governor of West Virginia
January 17, 1977–January 14, 1985
Succeeded by
Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Preceded by
Alan Cranston
Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Alan K. Simpson
Preceded by
Arlen Specter
Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Arlen Specter
Preceded by
Pat Roberts
Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Dianne Feinstein
Preceded by
Daniel Inouye
Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
2009 – present
Incumbent
United States Senate
Preceded by
Jennings Randolph
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from West Virginia
January 15, 1985 – present
Served alongside: Robert Byrd, Carte Goodwin, Joe Manchin
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mitch McConnell
R-Kentucky
United States Senators by seniority
8th
Succeeded by
Barbara Mikulski
D-Maryland
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jennings Randolph
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from West Virginia
(Class 2)

1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008
Succeeded by
Natalie Tennant