US Senate: Jay Rockefeller (Democrat)
With pedigrees that would make Seabiscuit blush, the Rockfellers pulled their last horse out of the political race. For close to three decades, Jay kept the Rockefeller name in politics by representing West Virginia as U.S. Senator. Rockefeller moved to West Virginia in the 60’s after a visit as a volunteer gave him a “mission and a cause” to improve the low-income state. Even as one of the wealthiest men in the Senate, Rockefeller advocated for improving the lives of the less privileged by protecting coal miners, creating jobs, increasing the minimum wage, and improving the education system, while his immediate family members were becoming Republican Vice Presidents and Governors. Jay is related to more Republicans than most Democrats have ever spoken to and possesses a unique ability to reach across party lines. His retirement jeopardizes the Senate seat held by Democrats since 1958, with popular Republican Shelley Moore already chomping at the bit.