On Friday, Jan. 11, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., announced that his fifth term would be his last. By 2014, he will have served in the senate for 30 years.

Also a former governor of West Virginia, Rockefeller is currently serving as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and he serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, among other roles.

West Virginia University Professor Neil Berch is available to offer context as to what this decision could mean for the state. Berch teaches courses in state and local politics, economy policy and economic models of politics. His articles have appeared in American Politics Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly and Southeastern Political Science Review.

Contact him by e-mail at berchnorto@msn.com or by cell at 412.445.3957.

R. Scott Crichlow, chair of the Department of Political Science at WVU, is also available to offer comment. He teaches and conducts research on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, political psychology and Middle Eastern politics. His current research focuses on how group decision-making dynamics and the beliefs and personality traits of political leaders affect foreign policy. Most recently, he co-authored (with Mark Schaefer) Groupthink Versus High-Quality Decision Making in International Relations published by Columbia University Press.

He can be reached at Scott.Crichlow@mail.wvu.edu



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