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Joe ManchinDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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Joseph Manchin III (born August 24, 1947) is an American politician and businessman serving as the senior United States senator from West Virginia, a seat he has held since 2010. A moderate member of the Democratic Party, Manchin was the 34th governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010 and the 27th secretary of state of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005. He became the state's senior U.S. senator when Jay Rockefeller retired in 2015 and has been West Virginia's only congressional Democrat since. Before entering politics, Manchin helped found and was the president of Enersystems, a coal brokerage company his family owns and operates.Manchin won the 2004 West Virginia gubernatorial election by a large margin and was reelected by an even larger margin in 2008. He won the 2010 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by incumbent Democrat Robert Byrd's death with 53% of the vote, and in 2012 was elected to a full term with 61% of the vote. Manchin won a second term in 2018 with just under 50% of the vote. In both elections, he over-performed the Democratic presidential ticket by more than 40 percentage points. Since 2021, Manchin has been the only Democrat holding statewide or congressional office in West Virginia, and represents what is, by a large margin, the most Republican-leaning constituency of any Democrat in Congress.Manchin has called himself a "centrist, moderate, conservative Democrat" and is generally cited as the most conservative Democrat in the Senate. He is known for working with Republicans on issues such as abortion, immigration, energy policy, and gun control. Manchin opposed President Barack Obama's energy policies, including reductions and restrictions on coal mining, voted against cloture for the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (not voting on the bill itself), voted to remove federal funding for Planned Parenthood in 2015, supported President Donald Trump's border wall and immigration policies, and voted to confirm most of Trump's cabinet and judicial appointees, including Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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Education3 - 3 of 1
West Virginia University
BA Business Administration
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Vice Chair
Democratic Policy & Communications Committee, United States Senate
2017 - Current
United States Senate, West Virginia
2010 - Current
State of West Virginia
2005 - 2010
Secretary of State
State of West Virginia
2000 - 2004
West Virginia State Senate
1986 - 1996
West Virginia House of Delegates
1982 - 1986
Enersystems Incorporated
Manchin's Carpet Center
Other Experience1 - 27 of 27
National Governors Association
Democratic Governors Association
Southern States Energy Board
Rescue Squad, Marion County
2000 - 2004
Economic Development Board, West Virginia
1998 - 2001
Former Chair
Southern Governors Association
Former Chair
Natural Resource Committee, National Governors Association
Former Member
Executive Committee, National Governors Association
Former President
Council of State Governments
Former State Co-Chair
Appalachian Regional Commission
Knights of Columbus
Airport Authority, Marion County
Former Member
Armed Services Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Water and Power, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, United States Senate
Former Member
Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
Former Member
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Airland, United States Senate