By Misty Poe
Times West Virginian
It’s been nearly two years since U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III took office after a series of special elections to replace the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd and to fulfill his unexpired term.
During that time, Manchin says he’s not allowed party politics to influence how he votes. Instead, he says he’s worked across the aisle to do what’s best for West Virginia and the United States. If re-elected, he says that practice will continue, as it will take a bipartisan, common-sense approach to solve some of the major issues this nation faces.
Manchin, a Marion County native, first served in the West Virginia House of Delegates and then was elected to the West Virginia State Senate. In 2000, he was elected Secretary of State, and four years later became the 34th governor of West Virginia. In 2010, he was elected to fill Byrd’s seat in the Senate.
Manchin and his wife, Gayle, have three adult children, Heather, Joe IV and Brooke.