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Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Charleston, WV honors Senator Jay Rockefeller

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The annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner took on a different feel and focus this year.

Usually a fall fundraiser for the West Virginia Democratic Party, Saturday evening's event was also a retirement party of sorts for Senator Jay Rockefeller, who announced earlier this year that he was leaving his seat after 30 years.

Vice President, Joe Biden, was among the featured speakers.

Mr. Biden sang praises to Senator Rockefeller for his work, and his devotion to West Virginia, saying the Senator "could have been a coal miner's son," for how he fought for victim's of Black Lung disease.

After Biden's speech, Senator Rockefeller was interviewed by his daughter.

When asked why he came to West Virginia in 1964 to work as a VISTA worker, Rockefeller replied that he was "looking for a challenge," and when he fought for poor people, he used "every once of my being to try and succeed."

Another guest at Saturday evening's fundraiser was West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant, who is one of many competing for the soon to be vacated senate seat.