Political Highlights: W.Va. House, 1983-85; sought Democratic nomination for governor, 1996; W.Va. Senate, 1987-97; W.Va. secretary of state, 2001-05; governor, 2005-10; U.S. Senate, 2010-present Born: Aug. 24, 1947; Fairmont, W.Va. Residence: Fairmont Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Gayle Manchin; three children Education: West Virginia U., B.A. 1970 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st full term) Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Emerging Threats & Capabilities; Readiness & Management Support); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Economic Policy; Housing, Transportation & Community Development; National Security & International Trade and Finance - Chairman); Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; Public Lands, Forests and Mining - Chairman; Water & Power); Special Aging
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.