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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.)

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 - Ranking Member; Emerging Threats & Capabilities; Strategic Forces); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology, Innovation & the Internet); Energy & Natural Resources (Energy - Ranking Member; Public Lands, Forests and Mining; Water & Power); Veterans' Affairs

Election History
2012generalJoe Manchin (D) 399,89860.6
John Raese (R) 240,78736.5
Bob Baber (MOUNT) 19,5173.0
2010specialJoe Manchin (D) 283,35853.5
John Raese (R) 230,01343.4
Jesse Johnson (MOUNT) 10,1521.9
Jeff Becker (CNSTP) 6,4251.2
Roll Call Vitals


West Virginia is 25th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@Sen_JoeManchin)


Sen. Joe Manchin III has the 29th most Sunday talk show appearances amongst members of Congress.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

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.