Joe Manchin

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Joe Manchin
Joe Manchin official portrait 112th Congress.jpg
Senior U.S. Senator from West Virginia
From: November 15, 2010 – present
Predecessor Carte Goodwin
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
34th Governor of West Virginia
From: January 17, 2005 – November 15, 2010
Predecessor Bob Wise
Successor Earl Ray Tomblin
27th West Virginia Secretary of State
From: January 15, 2001 – January 17, 2005
Governor Bob Wise
Predecessor Ken Hechler
Successor Betty Ireland
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Gayle Conelly
Religion Roman Catholic

Joseph Manchin, III is the moderate United States Senator from West Virginia. He was elected in November 2010, filling the seat formerly held by Democrat Senate Leader Robert Byrd.[1] Because Manchin was filling a vacant seat in a special election, he was sworn in almost immediately and then participated in the lame duck session of Congress prior to 2011. Manchin was previously the Governor of West Virginia, and he's declared:

On many of these social issues, I will the first to admit that I am more conservative than others in the Congress. I am pro-life, and proud of it.[2]

Manchin has expressed opposition to court packing.[3][4] Manchin has properly opposed Left Coast-led attempts to pour upwards of a trillion taxpayer dollars into phony green energy boondoggles.

Conservative Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) is expected to challenge Manchin for reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2024, and began running ads against him in August 2022 when Manchin caved into liberal pressure to enact a massive climate change bill that cripples the coal industry, on which West Virginia depends, and provides lavishly wasteful subsidies to inefficient green energy. In return, all that Manchin obtained for West Virginians was a promise to allow it to complete a natural gas pipeline, known as the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Trump, who twice won West Virginia by 40 points, indicated that he would campaign against Manchin's reelection.

In the 117th Congress Manchin served as the vice-chair of the Senate Democrats’ policy and communications committee until he determined he could no longer go along with the Democrats' Marxist Build Back Better agenda and Green New Deal.[5] Manchin, along with Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, have been known for being the two Democrat senators who voted to keep the U.S. Senate's filibuster intact despite several threats from their own party.[6] He has been viewed as a DINO (Democrat in Name Only) for not holding radical views like the rest of the Democratic Party.

Partisan Democrat

Manchin portrayed himself as a "conservative" in order to be elected, campaigning against the positions of the Democratic Party leadership on cap and trade, gun control, and the Bush tax cuts. As a Senator, however, he has shown himself to be left-wing. Manchin displays liberal values not only in his beliefs, but also in his behavior, using vulgar language in public.[7][8][9]

He abandoned his pro-gun views in 2013 when he co-wrote the Manchin-Toomey gun-grab bill, showing his true colors as liberal on gun control.

Trump nominees

In 2016, Manchin expressed (in words) his willingness to work with Republican President Donald Trump, and voted for most of his cabinet nominations, and for Neil Gorsuch. This earned him ire from left-wingers, who showed how left-wing they themselves are by demanding his removal from his leadership position and labeling him a "Democrat in name only," despite his numerous liberal positions.[10] However, whenever a close vote for a conservative bill or a Trump Administration nominee was held, Manchin took the liberal Democrat position. He voted against many Trump non-cabinet nominees.

President Trump, however, rejected the notion that Manchin is a bipartisan politician, saying that "he talks. But he doesn’t do anything."[11] Also according to Trump, Manchin's attitude is "'hey, let’s get together, let’s do bipartisan.' I [Trump] say, 'Good, let’s go.' Then you don’t hear from him [Manchin] again."[11][12] In April 2018, Trump repeated those sentiments, stating that "he talks, he grabs me, I grab him, he says hello, I say hello — but he votes against everything."[13][14]

Biden nominees

Biden appointed Manchin's wife for a "key" administration post two days after Manchin agreed to cast a last-minute swing vote in favor of Biden's beleaguered Pentagon policy nominee, Colin Kahl. Manchin's wife Gayle was nominated as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission with a salary of $163,000 per year.[15] The $175 million "economic development partnership agency" budget focuses on "invest[ing] in Appalachia's economic future by providing grants [i.e. doling out cash], publishing research, and sponsoring learning experiences."[16] Gayle Manchin was immediately put on the Chinese sanctions list, not allowed in China, Hong Kong or Macau, and Chinese citizens are forbidden by the CCP to communicate with her.[17]

In 2023, Manchin expressed his opposition to nomination of Julie Su as labor secretary, arguing her "progressive background" would prevent her from forging compromises between labor and industry representatives.[18]


Senate Democrat socialist leader Chuck Schumer (front), Joe Manchin (back)

In December 2018, Manchin voted against a pro-coal Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee that he had originally supported, caving to pressure from environmentalist groups.[19][20]

Trump impeachment

During the Senate impeachment trial as part of the coup attempt against Donald Trump, Manchin voted for both articles of impeachment to remove the president.[21]

Support for gun control

It was reported in April 2017 that less than 2 percent of Manchin's campaign donations actually came from his state of West Virginia.[22]

Manchin has a record of supporting gun control measures, despite being from a conservative state known for its opposition to gun regulations. In 2013, Manchin sponsored a bill that would have instituted universal background checks, and in April 2017 he stated his hope that President Donald Trump would sign gun control measures.[23] Despite these positions, his attending pro-gun control fundraisers, and the National Rifle Association's rejection of him, Manchin continued presenting himself as a "pro-gun" candidate to West Virginia voters.[24]

In 2018, Manchin again proposed gun control measures after a Florida shooting, even though his proposed measures would not have stopped the shooting had they been law.[25][26]

In 2018, Manchin had a "D" rating from the NRA,[27] an organization whose legislative rankings are more lenient than other pro-Second Amendment organizations such as Gun Owners of America.

Liberal, anti-gun donors

Despite claiming to be pro-gun, Manchin went to anti-gun Michael Bloomberg's mansion in 2013 for a fundraiser.[28]

It was reported in 2017 that Manchin received donations from the law firm Paul, Weiss, which had a record of supporting gun control and defending terrorists in court.[29]

Support for abortion

In April 2017, Manchin endorsed Planned Parenthood, which funds abortions, the legalized murder of the unborn.[30][31][32][33][34] Less than a month earlier, he voted against eliminating a pro-abortion Obama-era regulation prohibiting states from blocking Planned Parenthood funds.[35] In June 2018, Manchin warned President Trump against nominating a Supreme Court justice opposed to the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion federally.[36] In August 2018, Manchin voted against an amendment sponsored by Rand Paul to defund Planned Parenthood, despite claiming he would do the opposite in 2015.[37]

In October 2018, Manchin announced that he would oppose a West Virginia referendum to end a pro-life referendum to end taxpayer-funding of abortion in the state.[38] Despite claiming to be pro-life, he gave a vague answer on his views on abortion in an October 2018 debate.[39]

Among Manchin's only pro-life votes include voting for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which sought to provide further protection to unborn children who survive abortions.[40]

See also


  1. Robert Byrd was an Exalted Cyclops in the KKK.
  3. Manchin Reiterates Stance Against Court Packing, Filibuster Abolishment Efforts: ‘The Senate Is So Much Different’
  4. Manchin on Court-Packing: ‘We’ve Proven That Doesn’t Work’
  7. Weaver, Al (August 7, 2017). Joe Manchin: 'I don't give a s--t' if I win re-election. Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. Thomsen, Jacqueline (August 7, 2017). Manchin: 'I don't give a s---' if I win reelection. The Hill. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  9. Chakraborty, Barnini (August 7, 2017). Manchin says he doesn't give a s--- about getting reelected. Fox News. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Chaitin, Daniel (December 28, 2017). Trump tears into Joe Manchin: 'He talks. But he doesn't do anything'. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  12. Moran, Sean (December 29, 2017). Trump Trashes Sen. Joe Manchin’s Unwillingness to Compromise: ‘He Talks, but He Doesn’t Do Anything’. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  13. Spiering, Charlie (April 5, 2018). Donald Trump in West Virginia: Joe Manchin Talks — But Votes Against Our Agenda. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  14. Miller, S.A. (April 5, 2018). Trump slams Manchin in W.Va. rally: ‘He voted against everything’. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  18. Biden Labor Secretary Nominee Julie Su Loses Support of Key Dem, Free Beacon, July 14, 2023
  19. Cama, Timothy (December 5, 2018). Senate advances Trump energy pick after Manchin flips. The Hill. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  20. Siegal, Josh (December 5, 2018). Joe Manchin flips on Trump's energy panel nominee amid pressure from green groups. Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  21. Trump acquitted by Senate on both articles of impeachment
  22. Scher, Brent (April 20, 2017). Less Than 2% of Joe Manchin’s Campaign Donations Came From West Virginia. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  23. Hawkins, Awr (April 21, 2017). Joe Manchin: Trump Has the ‘Fortitude’ to Make Senate Pass Gun Control. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  24. Hawkins, AWR (January 26, 2018). Joe Manchin Tries to Run for Re-Election as Pro-Gun Candidate Rejected by NRA. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  25. Hawkins, Awr (February 25, 2018). Pat Toomey, Joe Manchin Push New Gun Show Regulations in Response to Florida Shooting. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  26. Hawkins, Awr (March 6, 2018). Joe Manchin Wants Trump to Embrace Gun Control That Wouldn’t Prevent Florida School Shooting. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  27. Hawkins, Awr (September 28, 2018). PolitiFact: Only ‘Mostly True’ to Point Out Joe Manchin Has ‘D’ Rating from NRA. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  28. Hawkins, Awr (July 11, 2017). Joe Manchin Denies Knowing His Donors, Yet He Attended Bloomberg Fundraiser. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  29. Persons, Sally (July 28, 2017). Joe Manchin received donations from law firm pushing for gun control. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  30. Berry, Susan (April 22, 2017). ‘Pro-Life’ Sen. Joe Manchin Poses in Support of Planned Parenthood. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  31. Swan, Jonathan (May 8, 2017). Joe Manchin's tightrope on Planned Parenthood. Axios. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  32. Ertelt, Steve (April 24, 2017). “Pro-Life” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Caught Holding “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” Sign. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  33. Ross, Chuck (May 9, 2017). Photos Show Sen. Joe Manchin Is A Planned Parenthood Poseur. The Daily Caller. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  34. Schor, Elana (May 14, 2017). Abortion politics hound senators from both parties. Politico. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  35. Dinan, Stephen (March 30, 2017). Senate passes bill to let states strip funding from Planned Parenthood. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  36. Carney, Jordain (June 29, 2018). Manchin warns Trump against picking court nominee who will overturn Roe v. Wade. The Hill. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  37. Berry, Susan (August 25, 2018). Joe Manchin and Other Vulnerable Dems Vote Against Defunding Planned Parenthood. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
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  39. Berry, Susan (November 2, 2018). Joe Manchin Avoids Clear Response to Abortion Question During WVA Debate. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  40. Senate Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide and Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortions

External links

  • Profile in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress