Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said in a statement Friday that both the nation and West Virginia -- along with millions of families -- are better off because of Sen. Jay Rockefeller's service in the Senate. Rockefeller announced on Friday he will retire after his current term is up. Here's Reid's full statement:
"The nation and West Virginia are better places today thanks to Jay's distinguished and selfless public service. Jay was a tireless and successful advocate for our nation's children, and he was a leader in expanding their access to health care. Millions of families today are better off because of Jay's tireless work on programs such as the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.
"Jay's wisdom and guidance will be sorely missed by his colleagues, but his service in this body will resonate for decades to come."