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From left, Akira Takahashi, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Corporation; West Virginia Gov. Cecil Underwood; U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Toyota Team Leader Nancy Sodaro; and Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, board chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation, listen to a speaker as part of the opening ceremonies at the company's $900 milllion engine plant in Buffalo, W.Va., Friday, Dec. 11, 1998. Bill Whittington, Mayor of Buffalo, W.Va., is partially shown far left. (AP Photo/Bob Bird)

Gallery: Jay Rockefeller through the years

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world's richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term.