Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is reportedly running for the U.S. Senate in two years.
Campaign adviser Kent Gates has been quoted as saying Capito wants to “stand up for the coal industry and energy jobs” in the state.
Gates said Capito thought it was “important that people know what her intentions are so they can plan accordingly.”
Gates noted that it also would end the political speculation that has been swirling about the congresswoman for more than two years.
Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller has held the seat since 1984, but hasn’t said whether he will run again in 2014.
Capito was elected earlier this month to a seventh term representing West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.