The current governor of West Virginia is Jim Justice who switched to the Republican party after being elected while running as a Democrat.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., announced Tuesday that he will stay in the Senate, opting not to challenge Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.
Manchin was recently re-elected to another six-year term in the Senate. He previously served as governor from 2005 to 2010.
“I have always said that ‘public service is not self-service.’ So, when considering whether to run for Governor, I couldn’t focus just on which job I enjoyed the most, but on where I could be the most effective for the Mountain State,” Manchin said in a statement, ending speculation about his future political plans.
“Ultimately, I believe my role as U.S. Senator allows me to position our state for success for the rest of this century.”