CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Republican Charlotte Lane will officially announce this morning she's running for the Republican Party's nomination for Congress.
Lane, who served in the state House of Delegates and as President George W. Bush's appointee to the U.S. International Trade Commission, is scheduled to "make a major announcement about her political future" at 10 a.m. from the steps of the state Capitol.
She's already publicly expressed her interest in running for the second congressional district seat, currently occupied by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
Capito, R-W.Va., is leaving the seat to run for U.S. Senate. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has already announced he's not running again.
Lane served with the International Trade Commission 2003 to 2009. The bi-partisan commission investigates and oversees hearings involving allegations of wrongdoing connected to trade.
Lane served in the House several different times: from 1979 to 1980, 1984 and 1990 to 1992, according to an online biography.
An attorney by trade, she was the first female president of the West Virginia Bar Association. Lane also led the West Virginia Public Service Commission from 1997 to 2001. After finishing her term on the trade commission, she came back to Charleston to work for the law firm of Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer.
She is part of an increasingly crowded field seeking the GOP bid in the race.
One of the candidates, former Maryland lawmaker and GOP party chairman Alex Mooney, announced he has more than $100,000 in hand for the campaign. Mooney recently moved into the state in order to run.
Former Delegate Larry V. Faircloth, R-Berkeley, has also filed pre-candidacy papers in the race. Faircloth's son, Larry W. Faircloth, is a Republican currently representing Berkeley County in the House of Delegates.
Others who've filed pre-candidacy papers include Jim Moss of Putnam County and Robert Fluharty of Jefferson County.