U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller says he will not run for re-election next year.
Rockefeller, a great-grandson of oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller, is in his fifth term in office.
The Senator has often joked that he wasn't cut out to make it in the corporate world, but found public service to be rewarding.
"I hope that each of you and the state that i love can understand that this is an entirely personal decision. It is not a political decision and it has not been easy," says Rockefeller.
So far Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has been the only candidate to express interest in filling Rockefeller's seat.