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.