"I hope President Obama will carefully consider the next appointee who will fill this extremely important position," Tomblin said in an emailed statement to the Gazette. "And it is my hope the individual chosen will return a reasonable balance to the EPA. With tough economic times and growing energy needs, we need leadership that will have the perspective to work with all sides to move our country forward."
Rockefeller seeks middle ground for the future of coal.
"My hope is that West Virginia can find common ground in advancing clean coal no matter who is at the helm of this important agency, because new technology is the only realistic and honest path we have to a secure future for our coal industry and, more importantly, our coal miners," Rockefeller said in a statement.
Manchin noted that he and Jackson have had their differences, "but we were always able to have a respectful dialogue," he said in a statement.
"I wish her well in her next endeavor," Manchin said. "I will continue to fight for a balanced energy policy for the United States -- which is exactly what we have in West Virginia -- and I look forward to working with anyone willing to help bring this commonsense West Virginia approach to the 113th Congress."
Capito, co-founder of the Congressional Coal Caucus, said Jackson's departure gives the president an opportunity to invite West Virginia into the conversation about a balanced approach to energy policy.
"We need an all-of-the-above approach that utilizes our powerful homegrown natural resources, including coal and natural gas," Capito said in an emailed statement to the Gazette. "The EPA should be a working partner in our shared goal of energy independence, job creation and environmental protection, not a punitive imperialistic hammer driven by ideological agenda.
"I thank Administrator Jackson for her service and wish her well," Capito said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.