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Joe Manchin III
Joe Manchin.jpg
U.S. Senate, West Virginia
In office
November 15, 2010-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of West Virginia
West Virginia Secretary of State
West Virginia State Senate
West Virginia House of Delegates
High schoolFarmington High School
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
Date of birthAugust 24, 1947
Place of birthFarmington, WV
Office website
Campaign website
Joseph Anthony (Joe) Manchin III (b. August 24, 1947) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of West Virginia. He succeeded the late Robert Byrd in a special election in 2010.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Manchin is a "centrist Democratic follower".[1]

Manchin won re-election in 2012.[2] He defeated Sheirl Fletcher in the May 8, 2012 Democratic primary and faced Republican John Raese in the general election.[3]


Manchin entered West Virginia University on a football scholarship in 1965. He graduated in 1970 with a degree in business administration. He then became involved in several family-owned businesses before launching his political career.[4]


Committee assignments


Manchin is on the following Senate committees[5]:


Political positions


As West Virginia State Senator

Uncle's impeachment trial

As a state senator, Manchin heard the impeachment trial of his uncle, A. James Manchin, then the State Treasurer.

As Governor of West Virginia

Massey Energy

In July 2005, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship sued then-Governor Manchin alleging that he violated his First Amendment Rights by threatening to retaliate with increased government scrutiny of his coal operations.

Sago Mine disaster

During the 2006 Sago Mine disaster of early January 2006, Manchin initially appeared to confirm reports that 12 miners had survived. These reports proved to be incorrect three hours later, when it was confirmed that only one miner survived the accident. In an early-morning press conference on January 4, Manchin acknowledged that an unintentional miscommunication had occurred with rescue teams within the mine, and stated that the incorrect information he received regarding the status of the miners was not received through official channels. Although he did not confirm the story, the press assumed he did, and no one is currently aware how the story was confirmed.

His handling of the Sago mine incident may have enhanced his popularity. In November 2006, SurveyUSA ranked him as one of the most popular governors in the country with a 74% approval rating. [6]

On February 1, 2006, Manchin ordered a stop to all coal production in the state of West Virginia pending safety checks after two more miners were killed that day in separate accidents.[7] A total of 16 West Virginia coal miners died from mining accidents in early 2006.

Iraq visit

On April 15, 2006, during an Easter visit to U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, the governor caused a controversy by posing for photographers while signing two missiles at Balad Air Force Base. One of the messages read, "Sending you to hell, from Almost Heaven, West Virginia." He explained his intentions to the media, stating, "I just thought, 'Hey, these are people doing tremendous harm to our people.' I wanted to send them a little message."[8] After receiving several complaints, Manchin issued an apology.



Heading into the primary, Manchin was endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.[9]



See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2012

Manchin ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated Sheirl Fletcher in the May 8, 2012 Democratic primary and defeated Republican John Raese in the November 6 general election.[2][3][10]

U.S. Senate-West Virginia Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Manchin III Incumbent 79.9% 163,891
Sheirl Fletcher 20.1% 41,118
Total Votes 205,009


Manchin was elected to the senate by a special election on November 2, 2010, to fill the late Robert Byrd's seat.[11] Between Byrd's death in July and the special election, Byrd's seat was temporarily held by his chief counsel, Carte Goodwin.[12] He defeated John R. Raese (R), Jesse Johnson (Mountain Party), and Jeff Becker (Constitution).[13]

U.S. Senate, West Virginia, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Manchin III 53.5% 283,358
     Republican John R. Raese 43.4% 230,013
     Mountain Jesse Johnson 1.9% 10,152
     Constitution Jeff Becker 1.2% 6,425
Total Votes 529,948


Manchin announced his intention to challenge incumbent governor Bob Wise in the 2004 Democratic Primary in May 2003; however, Wise decided not to run for re-election after a scandal, becoming the first governor not to do so since running for re-election was permitted in 1972. Manchin won both the primary and general election by large margins, and his election marked the first time that two persons of the same political party have followed one another in the governor's office since 1964.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Manchin's reports.[14]

Joe Manchin 2012 Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$2,036,498.19$883,956.17$(190,938.63)$2,729,515.68
July Quarterly[16]June 30, 2012$2,883,105.86$656,663.53$(1,328,115.46)$2,211,653.93
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Manchin's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Manchin won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Manchin's campaign committee raised a total of $4,395,107 and spent $4,017,802.[17]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Manchin paid his congressional staff a total of $1,790,208 in 2011. He ranks 2nd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 11th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, West Virginia ranks 22nd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Manchin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,697,087 and $10,658,000. That averages to $7,177,543.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[19]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Manchin voted with the Democratic Party 83.3% of the time, which ranked 50 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[20]

Recent news

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Manchin and his wife, Gayle Conelly Manchin, have three children and seven grandchildren.[21]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Joe Manchin," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN "West Virginia Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  3. 3.0 3.1 West Virginia Metro News "2012 Primary Results," May 8, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Joe Manchin III," Accessed October 14, 2011
  5. Official Senate website "Committee and Subcommittee Assignments," Accessed October 14, 2011
  6. APPROVAL RATINGS FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS AS OF 11/20/06 SurveyUSA, Nov. 20, 2006
  7. Governor asks coal mines to stop production CNN, Feb. 01, 2006
  8. Governor Manchin Spends Easter In Iraq by Gabe Gutierrez, WOWK-TV, Apr. 16, 2006
  9. Herald-Dispatch "W.Va. candidates receive endorsements," March 8, 2012
  10. West Virginia Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  11. Official Senate website "Joe Manchin," Accessed October 14, 2011
  12. The Hill "Byrd's successor to take oath Tuesday," Accessed October 14, 2011
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. Federal Election Commission "Joe Manchin's Summary Report," Accessed October 12, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed October 12, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 12, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Joe Manchin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
  18. LegiStorm "Joe Manchin"
  19., "Manchin, (D-West VA), 2010"
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  21. Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed October 14, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Carte Goodwin
U.S. Senate - West Virginia
Succeeded by