A former Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who later served as a presidential appointee to a federal panel is kicking around the idea of a congressional run. Charlotte Lane, 65, said Wednesday she is seriously considering running for the 2nd District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. Capito announced in late 2012 that she would vie for Democrat Jay Rockefeller's seat in the U.S. Senate. A short time later, in January, Rockefeller announced he would not seek re-election.
For months, Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, seemed to be the frontrunner for the GOP's attempt to retain Capito's current seat. When Nelson said earlier this week he would not run for Congress, the announcement opened the door to other potential contenders.
"It had a big impact," Lane said. "I wasn't considering it at all, because I assumed Eric was going to run and I would have fully supported him.
"But now that he is not, then I am considering stepping up to the plate and running a hard campaign and winning."
For the last year Lane has worked as an attorney at Charleston- based law firm Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer.
Before joining the law firm, she spent eight years in Washington, D.C., as an appointee of President George W. Bush on the U.S. International Trade Commission. The bi-partisan commission investigates and analyzes international trade.
Lane represented Kanawha County in the House of Delegates for four years and led the West Virginia Public Service Commission from 1997 to 2001. She was the first female president of the West Virginia Bar Association, according to her biography on the Shuman law firm's website.
"I've been involved in politics for a long time, and this would be an opportunity for me to continue my interest in serving West Virginia," Lane said, adding that she would want to continue Capito's legacy.