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Rockefeller departure will end decades-long family run

By Laurie Bennett

April 3, 2013 at 8:11am

When Jay Rockefeller leaves the Senate at the end of next year, he’ll end 55 years of continuous public service by members of his family.

Going back even further, Rockefeller’s great-grandfather, Nelson Aldrich, served in the House from 1879 to 1881 and then in the Senate until 1911.

The Muckety map above shows family connections to the Senate and to gubernatorial posts in three states. (A fourth state shows up in our map with the addition of ex-brother-in-law Mark Dayton, current governor of Minnesota.)

The unbroken history of holding office includes not only Rockefeller’s stints as senator and West Virginia governor, but those of uncles Winthrop (former governor of Arkansas) and Nelson (former governor of New York and vice president during the Ford administration), and father-in-law Charles Percy, who served in the Senate from 1967 to 1985. (Like his grandfather, John D. Rockefeller Jr., he married a senator’s daughter.)

Rockefeller, 75, announced in January that he would not seek re-election in 2014. None of the younger Rockefellers has (yet) announced plans to seek office.

Rockefeller timeline:

Rockefeller timeline
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