Who is Joe Manchin?
Joe Manchin (full name: Joseph Manchin III) is an American politician who is a member of the United States Senate from West Virginia. He has held the seat since November 15, 2010. As a member of the Democratic Party, Manchin served as the 34th governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010 and also previously the 27th secretary of state of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005.
Though West Virginia leans heavily Republican, Manchin is a moderate Democrat who has continued to win the state’s elections. During the November 2, 2004, gubernatorial elections, Manchin won by a large margin and was later reelected by an even large margin in 2008. He won a special election held in 2010 to fill the Senate seat vacated by incumbent Democrat Robert Byrd when he died in office. Manchin won with 54% of the vote. He was later elected to a full-term in 2012 with 61% of the vote. In 2008, he was elected with 50% of the vote.
Manchin later became the state’s senior U.S. Senator when fellow Democrat Jay Rockefeller retired in 2015. Being a member of Congress, he is known for his bipartisanship, voting or working with Republicans on issues such as abortion and gun ownership.
How Old is Joe Manchin?
Joseph Manchin III is 72 years old as of 2019. He was born on 24th August 1947 in Farmington, West Virginia, U.S.
Joe Manchin Family
Manchin was born the second in a family of five children to Mary O. (née Gouzd) and John Manchin. His name Manchin was derived from “Mancini”. His father, John Manchin was of Italian descent and his maternal grandparents were Czechoslovak immigrants. Manchin is also a member of the Friends of Wales Caucus.
John Manchin owned a carpet furniture store while his father Joseph Manchin owned a grocery store. They both served as Farmington’s mayor. His uncle Antonio James Manchin was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates a later became the West Virginia Secretary of State and Treasurer.
Joe Manchin Education
Manchin attended Farmington High School from where he graduated in 1965. The same year, he entered West Virginia University on a football scholarship. However, an injury during practice ended gis football career. He graduated in 1970 earning a degree in business administration. He then headed to work for his family’s business.
Joe Manchin Wife
Manchin got married to Gayle Conelly, an educator, and politician in 1967.
Joe Manchin Kids – Daughter
Manchin and his wife Gayle have three children together, Heather Bresch, Joseph IV, and Brooke. Their daughter Heather is a businesswoman who has served as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Mylan since 2012.
Joe Manchin Voting Record
He won a special election held in 2010 to fill the Senate seat vacated by incumbent Democrat Robert Byrd when he died in office. Joe won with 54% of the vote. He was later elected to a full-term in 2012 with 61% of the vote. In 2008, he was elected with 50% of the vote.
Joe Manchin Kavanaugh
Manchin was the first Democrat t to announce that he would meet with Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. He was also the only Democrat to vote ‘yes’ on the cloture of Kavanaugh’s nomination, advancing the motion to a final vote. Manchin announced on October 5, 2018, that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
He was then the only Democrat to vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 count on October 6, 2018.
Joe Manchin Committees
Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Subcommittee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Joe Manchin Impeachment
Manchin voted with all Democratic Senators to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial for abuse of power in February 2020.
Joe Manchin Previous Offices
Governor of West Virginia- 2005 to 2020
Secretary of State of West Virginia – 2001 to 2005
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates – 1982 to 1984
Joe Manchin Net Worth
Manchin has a great fortune to his name which he has earned through his career as a politician. However, his net worth is still under review and will be updated as soon as it is available.