Manchin is the senior senator from West Virginia and is a Democrat. He has served since Nov 15, 2010. Manchin is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025 unless re-elected.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Manchin.
Manchin is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Manchin has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 21, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Joe Manchin III sits on the following committees:
Manchin was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3374: Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act
- S. 1081: Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act
- S. 2788: Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019
- S. 27: American Miners Act of 2019
- S. 2906 (115th): VA MISSION Act of 2018
- S. 2211 (115th): Skylar’s Law
- S. 1165 (115th): A bill to designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center.
Does 10 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Manchin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (27%) Armed Forces and National Security (23%) Energy (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Labor and Employment (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Government Operations and Politics (5%) Education (5%)
Some of Manchin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4515: ACCESS the Internet Act
- S. 4435: POST Act
- S. 4282: Crisis Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act of 2020
- S. 4285: HOTSPOTS Act
- S. 3954: Local Government Relief Act
- S. 3910: COVID-19 as a Presumptive Disease in Wildland Firefighters Act
- S. 3823: Save Our Rural Health Providers Act
From Nov 2010 to Sep 2020, Manchin missed 42 of 2,912 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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