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OPA News Release: [01/16/2013]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder
Phone Number: (202) 693-4659
Release Number: 13-0095-NAT

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on retirement of Sen. Jay Rockefeller

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Sen. Jay Rockefeller:

"I want to express my warmest wishes to my dear friend Jay Rockefeller, who will retire after nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate. On everything from education to job creation, caring for seniors and veterans, and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, Sen. Rockefeller has been a strong and outspoken voice for working families in West Virginia. His passion can be found in every corner of every community throughout the Mountain State.

"Since his earliest days in West Virginia as a volunteer, Sen. Rockefeller has led an unrelenting fight for our nation's coal miners. He has fought to protect good jobs, retirement benefits and the health of our miners. And in the wake of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, I was proud to be at his side greeting and consoling families while rescue efforts were underway.

"Sen. Rockefeller has built a remarkable legacy — one that will not only benefit working people but also inspire other great American leaders for decades to come. I join the people of West Virginia in thanking Sen. Rockefeller for a lifetime of service. He will be missed."