CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, announced Thursday he plans to run for longtime state Sen. Brooks McCabe's seat in 2014.
McCabe, also a Democrat, has held the 17th District Senate seat since 1999 but announced earlier this week he would not seek re-election.
Skaff was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2008.
"Brooks has been a great statesman, mentor and friend," he said in an emailed statement Thursday afternoon. "It would be privilege to continue the advocacy Brooks has demonstrated."
Skaff, of South Charleston, currently serves as chairman of the House's Small Business and Economic Development Committee, as well as the Workforce Development Committee.
He also is the assistant majority whip, and a member of the House Finance and Roads and Transportation committees.
"Since my first day in the House of Delegates I have thrived due to the support and input from constituents, county and local officials, civic groups and our entire community," Skaff said. "These contributions have enabled me to be a positive force over the past five years as I've worked to build consensus, produce solutions and think creatively about our state's problems."
Skaff recently helped in House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White's bid for speaker of the House. He also briefly considered a run for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's U.S. House seat.