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Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV.,right, who announced his plans to not seek reelection at the end of his term, poses with his wife Sharon, left and grandchildren, bottom from left; Lucy, Percy and Davis Wayne, and John Rockefeller VI, during a press conference in Charleston, W.Va. Friday Jan. 11, 2013. Rockefeller's retirement was widely expected and puts the seat held by Democrats since 1958 in jeopardy for the party.

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.