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 Jun 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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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 and 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 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- 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. 1081 (116th): Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act
- S. 2788 (116th): Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019
- S. 1201 (116th): EFFECT Act of 2019
- S. 27 (116th): American Miners Act of 2019
Does 13 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 (28%) Armed Forces and National Security (22%) Energy (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Labor and Employment (8%) Education (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)
Some of Manchin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2066: A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy efficiency ...
- S. 2041: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary ...
- S. 1988: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to protect ...
- S. 1978: A bill to prohibit the use of funds for the 2026 World Cup ...
- S. 1956: A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a manufacturing clean ...
- S. 1793: DOC Access Act of 2021
- S. 1723: Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act
From Nov 2010 to Jun 2021, Manchin missed 55 of 3,255 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 1.6% 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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