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Jay Rockefeller
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United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
January 15, 1985 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Jennings Randolph
Succeeded by Shelley Moore Capito
Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Daniel Inouye
Succeeded by John Thune
Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Pat Roberts
Succeeded by Dianne Feinstein
Chair of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Arlen Specter
Succeeded by Arlen Specter
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Arlen Specter
Succeeded by Arlen Specter
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Alan Cranston
Succeeded by Alan Simpson
29th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 17, 1977 – January 14, 1985
Preceded by Arch A. Moore Jr.
Succeeded by Arch A. Moore Jr.
22nd Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office
January 13, 1969 – January 15, 1973
Governor Arch Moore
Preceded by Robert D. Bailey Jr.
Succeeded by Edgar Heiskell
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1966–1968
Personal details
Born
John Davison Rockefeller IV

June 18, 1937 (1937-06-18) (age 83)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic (1966–present)
Other political
affiliations
Republican (before 1966)
Spouse(s)
Sharon Percy (m. 1967)
Children 4, including Justin
Parents John D. Rockefeller III
Blanchette Ferry Hooker
Relatives See Rockefeller family
Education Harvard University (BA)
International Christian University
Yale University
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John D. Rockefeller IV (born June 18, 1937) is a retired Democratic politician. He served as a United States senator of West Virginia from 1985 to 2015. Before becoming a U.S. Senator, he was Governor of West Virginia from 1977 to 1985.

In April 1992, he was the Democratic Party's finance chairman. He considered running for President, but decided not to after asking friends and advisors. He went on to strongly endorse Bill Clinton as the Democratic candidate.

He is the great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller. He is the only member of the Rockefeller family who was a government official to not be a Republican as the family dynasty are mostly left-wing Republicans.

He accused President Obama's critics of racism.

On January 11, 2013, Rockefeller announced that he would not seek reelection for the United States Senate in 2014.



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