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Sen. Joe Manchin III

Senator for West Virginia

pronounced joh // MAN-chin


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.

Photo of Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Manchin.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Committee Membership

Joe Manchin III sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Manchin was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

Some of Manchin’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Manchin voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Manchin voted Yea

Manchin voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Manchin voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 60/38 on Jun 24, 2015.

This was the Senate's final vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally ...

Manchin voted Nay

Bill Passed 62/37 on May 22, 2015.

This vote turned what was a bill regarding administrative appeals of IRS determinations into the Trade Act of 2015, which included Trade Promotion Authority for ...

Manchin voted Nay

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Manchin voted Nay

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Manchin voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: