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West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise shakes hands with Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., prior to delivering his State of the State address in Charleston, W.Va., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001.(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.