Elections
1:57 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Tennant Files for Senate

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant filed her candidacy papers for U.S. Senate today.

Tennant filed to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announces intentions to run for US Senate 2013
Natalie Tennant filed for U.S. Senate race Friday.
Credit Jessica Y. Lilly

In a statement her campaign chairman, retired Major Gen. Allen Tackett said "Natalie always puts people above politics, and she knows West Virginia because she is West Virginia.”
 

According to the release Tennant grew up the youngest of seven children on her family farm. She worked her way through college at West Virginia University, where she was the Mountaineer mascot.

Tennant is a former news reporter and anchor and has served as West Virginia Secretary of State since 2009.

She first ran for Sec. of State in 2004, but lost to Ken Hechler. In 2011 she ran for governor but lost to Earl Ray Tomblin in the primary.

In the statement today Tennant says quote “I’m running to put West Virginia first. We deserve a Senator who will work for Main Street West Virginians, not Wall Street special interests."

Both senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin have endorsed Tennant.