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Joe Manchin
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Ranking Member of the Senate Energy Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Maria Cantwell
United States Senator
from West Virginia
Assumed office
November 15, 2010
Serving with Shelley Moore Capito
Preceded by Carte Goodwin
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 11, 2010 – November 15, 2010
Preceded by Jim Douglas
Succeeded by Christine Gregoire
34th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 17, 2005 – November 15, 2010
Preceded by Bob Wise
Succeeded by Earl Ray Tomblin
27th Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office
January 15, 2001 – January 17, 2005
Governor Bob Wise
Preceded by Ken Hechler
Succeeded by Betty Ireland
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 13th district
In office
December 1, 1992 – December 1, 1996
Preceded by Bill Sharpe
Succeeded by Roman Prezioso
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 14th district
In office
December 1, 1986 – December 1, 1992
Preceded by Anthony Yanero
Succeeded by Charles Felton
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 31st district
In office
December 1, 1982 – December 1, 1984
Preceded by Clyde See
Succeeded by Duane Southern
Personal details
Joseph Anthony Manchin III

(1947-08-24) August 24, 1947 (age 74)
Farmington, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Gayle Connelly (m. 1967)
Children 3, including Heather
Education West Virginia University (BBA)
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Joseph (Joe) Manchin III (born August 24, 1947) is an American politician. He was elected Governor of the state of West Virginia in the 2004 election. He took office as Governor on January 17, 2005 and remained in that position until 2010. In 2010, he became a Senator for West Virginia, after the death of Robert Byrd. He is one of the least liberal Democrats in the Senate, having conservative views on social issues, energy, the environment, and the military. He co-sponsored an amendment, a change to a bill, with Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) that would require gun sellers to check whether gun buyers are mentally ill or have a criminal record. This amendment did not become law.

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