I’ll be joining a number of my former colleagues and Senator Jay D. Rockefeller IV this evening to celebrate his 80th birthday. As some of my readers may have guessed, I worked for Senator Rockefeller when I was awarded the John Heinz Senate Fellowship. Words cannot possibly capture what an inspiration this man has been or the profound impact he has had on my life. Most Americans don’t even realize how he, personally, has improved their quality of life through the legislation and policy changes he has pursued during his 30 years of service as a U.S. Senator for the great state of West Virginia. As you can about imagine, it was a little difficult to choose a gift for him. After a great deal of reflection, I believe I’ve found the perfect gift. It’s a symbolic gift. I thought I’d share the letter I wrote to accompany this gift because it helps capture why I admire Senator Rockefeller. I hope you will take a minute or two to familiarize yourself with his story and wish him well as he celebrates his 80th birthday.