Joe Manchin III
|Joe Manchin III|
|U.S. Senate, West Virginia|
|November 15, 2010-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|Governor of West Virginia|
|West Virginia Secretary of State|
|West Virginia State Senate|
|High school||Farmington High School|
|Bachelor's||West Virginia University|
|Birthday||August 24, 1947|
|Place of birth||Farmington, WV|
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.
- 2010-present: U.S. House of Representatives
- 2004-2010: Governor of West Virginia
- 2000-2004: West Virginia Secretary of State
- 1986-1996: West Virginia State Senate
- 1982-1986: West Virginia House of Delegates
Manchin is on the following Senate committees:
- Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on National Parks
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Air and Land
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
- Special Committee on Aging
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
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. 
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. A total of 16 West Virginia coal miners died from mining accidents in early 2006.
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." 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.
|U.S. Senate-West Virginia Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Joe Manchin III Incumbent||79.9%||163,891|
Manchin was elected to the senate by a special election on November 2, 2010, to fill the late Robert Byrd's seat. Between Byrd's death in July and the special election, Byrd's seat was temporarily held by his chief counsel, Carte Goodwin. He defeated John R. Raese (R), Jesse Johnson (Mountain Party), and Jeff Becker (Constitution).
|U.S. Senate, West Virginia, 2010|
|Democratic||Joe Manchin III||53.5%||283,358|
|Republican||John R. Raese||43.4%||230,013|
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.
|Joe Manchin 2012 Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$2,036,498.19||$883,956.17||$(190,938.63)||$2,729,515.68|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$2,883,105.86||$656,663.53||$(1,328,115.46)||$2,211,653.93|
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.
|U.S. Senate, West Virginia, 2010 - Joe Manchin III Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$6,288,292|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$5,941,781|
|Top contributors to Joe Manchin III's campaign committee|
|Jackson Kelly PLLC||$31,925|
|American Electric Power||$26,200|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Manchin has voted with the Democratic Party 83.3% of the time, which ranked 50 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.
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Manchin and his wife, Gayle Conelly Manchin, have three children and seven grandchildren.
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- National Governors Association - West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III biography
- Follow the Money - Joe Manchin III 2006 campaign contributions
- On the Issues - Joe Manchin III issue positions and quotes
- 2008 Governor's Race at 2008RaceTracker.com
- Wikipedia article on Joe Manchin III
- ↑ Gov Track "Joe Manchin," Accessed March 3, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 CNN "West Virginia Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 West Virginia Metro News "2012 Primary Results," May 8, 2012
- ↑ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Joe Manchin III," Accessed October 14, 2011
- ↑ Official Senate website "Committee and Subcommittee Assignments," Accessed October 14, 2011
- ↑ APPROVAL RATINGS FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS AS OF 11/20/06 SurveyUSA, Nov. 20, 2006
- ↑ Governor asks coal mines to stop production CNN, Feb. 01, 2006
- ↑ Governor Manchin Spends Easter In Iraq by Gabe Gutierrez, WOWK-TV, Apr. 16, 2006
- ↑ Herald-Dispatch "W.Va. candidates receive endorsements," March 8, 2012
- ↑ West Virginia Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- ↑ Official Senate website "Joe Manchin," Accessed October 14, 2011
- ↑ The Hill "Byrd's successor to take oath Tuesday," Accessed October 14, 2011
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Joe Manchin's Summary Report," Accessed October 12, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed October 12, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 12, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Joe Manchin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
- ↑ LegiStorm "Joe Manchin"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Manchin, (D-West VA), 2010"
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- ↑ Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed October 14, 2011
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