Sen. Jay Rockefeller to Retire

    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11:  Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) participates in a news conference about preserving Medicaid funding during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill December 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Democratic legislators from the Senate and House were joined by representatives from major unions and policy organizations in calling on the White House and Congressional negotiators to protect funding for Medicaid, a health program for people and families with low incomes and resources.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Chip Somodevilla

    The 113th congressional session will be the last for Jay Rockefeller. The longtime West Virginia senator will announce Friday that he doesn’t plan to seek reelection in 2014—becoming the first Democrat with an expiring term to make his future plans public. “I’ve gotten way out of whack in terms of the time I should spend with my wife and my children and my grandchildren,” he told The Associated Press. The former two-term governor and rare West Virginia Obama supporter has been a senator since 1985.

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