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.
Read our 2020 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 3, 2017 to May 16, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Joe Manchin III sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chair
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittees
- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Manchin was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2377: Energy Infrastructure Act
- S. 2066: INSULATE Buildings Act of 2021
- S. 3147 (116th): Improving Safety and Security for Veterans Act of 2019
- S. 3374 (116th): Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act
- S. 2995 (116th): Improving Safety and Security for Veterans Act of 2019
- S. 2788 (116th): Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019
- S. 1201 (116th): EFFECT Act of 2019
Does 14 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 (33%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Energy (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Labor and Employment (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Sports and Recreation (6%) Taxation (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Manchin recently introduced the following legislation:
- S.Res. 598: A resolution congratulating the Glenville State University women’s basketball team for winning the …
- S.Res. 595: A resolution designating the week of April 18 through April 24, 2022, as …
- S. 4064: International Nuclear Energy Act of 2022
- S. 3994: Restoring Benefits to Defrauded Veterans Act of 2022
- S. 3757: Ban Russian Energy Imports Act
- S. 3699: Department of Energy Science for the Future Act of 2022
- S. 3645: PIPES Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Nov 2010 to May 2022, Manchin missed 84 of 3,719 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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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