Governor Manchin bids farewell as he becomes U.S. Senator

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November 12, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: Governor Joe Manchin bid farewell from the Governor's office on November 12, 2010. The farewell speech came a couple days before he is sworn in as the new United States Senator for the Mountaineer State.[1][2]

During an emotional speech, Manchin said: "It's been the greatest experience of my life...It's been the greatest ride a person could ever have." "Everything that people are saying is wrong with Washington, we have continued to make better here in West Virginia," said the outgoing Governor[1].

Manchin praised his achievements as Governor including making the mine industry safer, lowering state sales taxes, balancing the budget, and improving the state's image to the nation and the World. At the end of the speech, Manchin said for the last time as Governor: "God bless you and God bless the Great State of West Virginia."[1].

Joe Manchin will be officially sworn in as US Senator on November 15, 2010[1].

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