Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin commended U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller Friday for his years of service to West Virginia.
"Throughout his years in public service, Sen. Rockefeller has championed many efforts for the people of West Virginia," Tomblin said. "As an original sponsor of The Children's Health Insurance Program, he made it possible for more than 143,000 of West Virginia's youngest citizens to receive the quality health care they deserve.
"Sen. Rockefeller also has maintained a legacy of improving mine safety by putting the safety and security of our miners first," the governor said. "Following the mining tragedies of Sago and Aracoma, he spearheaded an effort resulting in some of the most sweeping federal mine safety changes in a generation, including longer-lasting self-rescuers, quicker incident notification and stricter fines.
"Thousands of military veterans now have access to benefits, a state nursing home, and home health care because Sen. Rockefeller led the charge on these and many other important veterans' issues, including the establishment of our state's veterans cemetery, the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Institute, W.Va."