Joe Manchin

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Joe Manchin
Ranking Member of the Senate Energy Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byMaria Cantwell
United States Senator
from West Virginia
Assumed office
November 15, 2010
Preceded byCarte Goodwin
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 11, 2010 – November 15, 2010
Preceded byJim Douglas
Succeeded byChristine Gregoire
34th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 17, 2005 – November 15, 2010
Preceded byBob Wise
Succeeded byEarl Ray Tomblin
27th Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office
January 15, 2001 – January 17, 2005
GovernorBob Wise
Preceded byKen Hechler
Succeeded byBetty Ireland
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 13th district
In office
December 1, 1992 – December 1, 1996
Preceded byBill Sharpe
Succeeded byRoman Prezioso
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 14th district
In office
December 1, 1986 – December 1, 1992
Preceded byAnthony Yanero
Succeeded byCharles Felton
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 31st district
In office
December 1, 1982 – December 1, 1984
Preceded byClyde See
Succeeded byDuane Southern
Personal details
Joseph Anthony Manchin III

(1947-08-24) August 24, 1947 (age 76)
Farmington, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Gayle Connelly (m. 1967)
Children3, including Heather
EducationWest Virginia University (BBA)
WebsiteSenate website

Joseph (Joe) Manchin III (born August 24, 1947) is an American politician. He was elected Governor of the state of West Virginia in the 2004 election. He took office as Governor on January 17, 2005 and remained in that position until 2010. In 2010, he became a Senator for West Virginia, after the death of Robert Byrd. He is one of the least liberal Democrats in the Senate, having conservative views on social issues, energy, the environment, and the military. He co-sponsored an amendment, a change to a bill, with Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) that would require gun sellers to check whether gun buyers are mentally ill or have a criminal record. This amendment did not become law.