Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito's decision to seek a U.S. Senate seat next year will create the first open congressional seat in West Virginia since 2000.
When Capito ran in 2000, no Republican had held a seat in Congress or the Senate from West Virginia in 18 years.
Now Republicans hold two of the three U.S. House seats from West Virginia.
And Republicans have a deep bench of candidates who have legislative experience at the state level that would serve them well in Washington. Possible candidates include:
* House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, 48, a lawyer in his seventh term in the House of Delegates.
* Delegate Eric Nelson, 52, an investment banker in his second term as a delegate.
* Delegate Patrick Lane, 38, a lawyer in his fifth term in the House of Delegates.
* Former state Sen. Steve Harrison, 46, a banker who served 14 years in the Legislature.