Senator Rockefeller to Deliver Farewell Address Thursday on Floor of United States Senate

Updated 5 years ago Edited from a Press Release

To cap a 50-year career in service to West Virginia, retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller will deliver his final speech on the floor of the United States Senate Thursday afternoon, December 4, 2014.  The speech is free and open to the public, and it may be viewed on C-SPAN. Senator Rockefeller’s long and distinguished tenure in the United States Senate began in 1985.  His speech will reflect not only on his time in the Senate, but also his pathway to public service and the importance of public policy, now and into the future.  Please share this email with others you know who may be interested. 


While times are still being confirmed, the speech is expected to begin at 3 p.m. on December 4, 2014.  For those attending in person, Senate Gallery passes may be obtained by visiting Senator Rockefeller’s Washington, D.C. office before 2 p.m.   For those who would like to watch the speech live, it will be carried live on C-SPAN. Click here to livestream the speech.   


“Serving the people of West Virginia has been my deepest joy and most profound honor,” Rockefeller said. “I leave the United States Senate with enormous gratitude to those who’ve given me so much during my 50 years of public service.”


Senator Rockefeller's Legacy


Senator Jay Rockefeller has proudly served the people of West Virginia for nearly 50 years. Rockefeller first came to West Virginia in 1964 as a 27-year-old VISTA volunteer serving in the small mining community of Emmons. Many of the lessons that Rockefeller learned in Emmons have shaped his public service career and led to his life-long commitment to improving the lives of West Virginians and all Americans.


In 1966, Rockefeller was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates and to the office of West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968. He served as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1975. In 1976, Rockefeller was elected Governor of West Virginia, and was re-elected in 1980. In 1984, he was elected to the United States Senate, and re-elected in 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008.


On November 8, 2014, joined by his wife, Sharon, friends, and current and former staff, Senator Rockefeller formally donated his Senate papers to West Virginia University and announced a new school at WVU, the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics.


“My career in service to West Virginia and its people was undertaken with a singular recognition that none of us exist solely for ourselves, but for the sake of others,” Rockefeller said. “The goal of the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics is to instill that passion in others—and empower them to make the world a better place.”


For a summary of Senator Rockefeller’s Senate career, click here.

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