(CNN) - Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the West Virginia congresswoman who was re-elected earlier this month to a seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Monday she is running for U.S. Senate in 2014.
"The senate has been stalemated – hasn't made progress and I believe I can contribute to moving forward, working together and solving the problems and I think it's a great opportunity for our state quite frankly," Capito said in her announcement at the state capitol in Charleston, according to CNN affiliate WSAZ.
Capito's run was first reported Sunday evening by the West Virginia MetroNews.
Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who is currently 75 years old, has yet to say if he'll run for re-election in two years.
Capito represents West Virginia's second congressional district, which stretches from the panhandle outside Washington, D.C., west to the state capital of Charleston. She was first elected in 2000.
CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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Jesus, 7th term. Are we brain dead?????? Fight to pass TERM-LIMITS OF CONGRESS AND SENATE WITH ANTI-LOBBY AND VOTING REFORM--I am saying voting reform because Florida took ten days after election to decide–is this worst than third world??? Yes, it is in a way.................
So does this mean that instead of representing WV's 2nd District, she will be out raising the money she needs to blanket the airwaves? Or, unlike Bachmann, will she actually be there for committee meetings and votes.
Wrong Party, woman!
ok, well i hope the current senator decide to retire because at the age of 77 i think he deserve to enjoy some time in the sun and i hope he be replace by another senator like mr rockfeller.