The Times West Virginian

April 29, 2013

Joe Manchin inducted into Order of La Sila

Family is theme of event that honors senator’s Italian roots

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

CLARKSBURG — Whether he’s waiting with the mothers of miners at the Sago mine to find out the fate of their loved ones or comforting parents of 6-year-olds killed by a gunman’s fire, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin knows his response and his actions have been formed by those who came before him and raised him.

“When I saw the mine tragedy at Sago, I will never forget that,” Manchin said Sunday evening at Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg as he was inducted into the Order of La Sila, honoring his Italian roots.

“There is nobody that gives you a book when you become governor and says, ‘This is how you are supposed to operate.’ You’ve got to figure it out.

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