U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., Will Be Speaking at Concord, Saturday, October 11

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 08 2003

U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., Will Be Speaking at Concord, Saturday, October 11

Athens, W. Va. – United States Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-W. VA., will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge (3rd floor) of the College Center at Concord this Saturday, October 11.

The Senator will be conducting a question and answer session and encourages young people and small business owners to attend the meeting.

For more information contact Loretta Young, 1-304-384-5257 or devly@concord.edu.

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CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special accommodations are required.

Senator Jay Rockefeller has proudly served the people of West Virginia for almost 40 years. In 1964, Rockefeller first came to West Virginia as a 27-year-old VISTA volunteer serving in the small mining community of Emmons. West Virginia has been his home ever since.

Rockefeller has devoted his life in government - first as Governor for eight years and Senator for the past 18 - to securing the best jobs and opportunities for West Virginia workers and their children. He served as Governor during some of the state's darkest years, when manufacturing plants and coal mines were closing as the national recession of the early 1980s hit West Virginia particularly hard. Those experiences taught Rockefeller the need to strengthen existing industries, to diversify the state's economy, and to look beyond its borders for investment opportunities. By working aggressively, taking a long-term view and emphasizing the loyalty and work ethic of our state's workers, Rockefeller has attracted national and international companies to the Mountain State.

Rockefeller is known for championing initiatives to strengthen families and children. In 1996, Rockefeller joined with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) to sponsor the Snowe-Rockefeller Amendment to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, helping every school and library in America to connect to the Internet. This bill, known as the E-rate, reduces the gap between the education-technology "haves" and the "have-nots," giving students in poor or rural areas access to educational opportunities.

In the United States Senate, Senator Rockefeller is the Vice-chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also serves as Ranking Member of the Health Care subcommittee on Finance, and as Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Rockefeller also serves on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.