101 Facts About Joe Manchin

1. Joe Manchin has had a complicated relationship with the White House as a Democrat representing a state Trump won by roughly 40 percentage points in the 2016 election.

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2. Joe Manchin tweeted that he was on a Skype video chat with students from Webster County High School when the president phoned him.

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3. Joe Manchin was one of the few Democratic legislators attending the event who applauded the president's call to action.

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4. Joe Manchin stood and cheered a call to ban late-term abortions during President Donald Trump's Tuesday night State of the Union address.

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5. Joe Manchin put the phone on speaker, allowing Trump to speak to the group.

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6. Joe Manchin was widely seen as a vulnerable Democrat in a purple state in the 2018 midterms, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell singled him out as a target, according to the new book "Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House", written by former White House adviser Cliff Sims.

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7. Joe Manchin is close on all three measurements of Trump's support in West Virginia.

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8. Joe Manchin said, "President Trump has the strongest support percentage-wise in our state than any other state in the nation.

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9. Joe Manchin previously wrote in Amtrak in April 2018 about the decision to stop accepting private and charter trains.

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10. Joe Manchin says Amtrak has created a financial hardship for the Collis P Huntington Railroad Historical Society, causing its employees to be laid off and the organization to close its doors.

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11. Joe Manchin was widely seen as a vulnerable Democrat in a purple state in the 2018 midterms, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell singled him out as a target, according to the new book "Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House", written by former White House adviser Cliff Sims.

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12. Joe Manchin has delivered a jar of jam to a Republican foe.

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13. Joe Manchin voted against all three amendments to repeal the health care law in July 2017.

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14. Joe Manchin is known to be one of the more conservative Democrats in Congress, sometimes siding with Republicans on high-profile, partisan issues.

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15. Joe Manchin won by a landslide, a feat that he repeated against Republican candidate Russ Weeks in 2008.

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16. Joe Manchin said there "might be" additional Democrats who could vote for the White House proposal but acknowledged that he wasn't sure.

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17. Joe Manchin said he supports the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile-long pipeline being built through West Virginia.

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18. Joe Manchin spoke in front of a full room at the winter meeting, which, earlier in the day, included a session called "Inconvenient Facts: How Rising Temperature and Increasing CO2 are Benefiting the Earth and Humanity" on its schedule.

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19. Joe Manchin was the first Democrat to announce that he would meet with Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

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20. Joe Manchin indicated he wanted more time to "hear the full range of viewpoints from the citizens of West Virginia.

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21. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to break from his party and vote in favor of the Republican proposal.

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22. Joe Manchin has voted against raising the federal debt ceiling.

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23. Joe Manchin was one of four Democratic senators to vote against the Stream Protection Rule.

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24. Joe Manchin served as president of Energysystems in the late 1990s before becoming active in politics.

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25. Joe Manchin successfully amended the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act to cap contractors' taxpayer funded salaries at $230,000.

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26. Joe Manchin has mixed ratings from both pro-choice and pro-life political action groups.

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27. Joe Manchin was challenged in the Democratic primary by Paula Jean Swearengin.

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28. Joe Manchin was chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, state's chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission and chairman of the Interstate Mining Compact Commission.

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29. Joe Manchin was born in 1947 in Farmington, West Virginia, a small coal mining town, the second of five children of Mary O and John Manchin.

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30. Joe Manchin won the 2004 gubernatorial election by a large margin and was re-elected with an even larger margin in 2008; in both years, Republican presidential candidates captured the majority of West Virginia's votes.

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31. Joe Manchin previously told the New York Times that he spoke with Trump in December 2016, saying the President shared there was a "complete opportunity" for new gun control legislation.

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32. Joe Manchin previously used a gun prop in a 2010 political ad where he tapped in a bolt-action hunting rifle to take shots at a proposed cap-and-trade bill then in the US House, saying it was bad for West Virginia.

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33. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin is fighting for his seat in the Senate while pro-gun groups are backing his Republican opponent.

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34. Joe Manchin traveled to Washington, and urged Congress to pass stricter federal mine-safety rules.

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35. Joe Manchin was sworn in as governor on January 17, 2005.

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36. Joe Manchin was born in 1947 in Farmington, West Virginia, a small town in the northern part of the state.

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37. Joe Manchin voted with Republicans to water-down the Dodd-Frank banking rules introduced after the financial crash of 2008.

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38. Joe Manchin has voted with Republicans on issues such as abortion and gun ownership.

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39. Joe Manchin became West Virginia's governor, and records show Mylan benefitted from corporate tax-breaks worth millionsin the state during Manchin's gubernatorial tenure.

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40. Joe Manchin sits on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee which oversees the industry that fills his pockets.

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41. Senator Joe Manchin lost a lot of former supporters when he was pushing gun legislation.

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42. Joe Manchin insisted over and over that his vote wasn't based on politics.

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43. Joe Manchin released his decision and statement just minutes after Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins revealed that she will vote yes for Kavanaugh.

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44. Joe Manchin voted against that bill, which failed in the Senate.

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45. Joe Manchin previously served as governor of West Virginia from January 2005 to 2010, as well as West Virginia secretary of state from 2001 to 2005.

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46. Joe Manchin became the state's senior Senator when Jay Rockefeller retired in 2015.

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47. Joe Manchin was elected to a full term in office with 60 percent of the vote in November 2012.

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48. Joe Manchin told Politico he threatened to pull his support for Clinton after those remarks, but her pledge to invest $20 billion in West Virginia won him over.

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49. Joe Manchin is a licensed pilot and a member of the National Rifle Association.

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50. Joe Manchin has taken heat before from his opponents over Mylan's decision a few years ago to jack up the price of allergy drug EpiPen by 500 percent.

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51. Joe Manchin has offered various opinions about the merits of a border wall over time.

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52. Joe Manchin voted to advance the measure to a final vote.

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53. Joe Manchin is a small person, but in 1996, he made a big difference.

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54. Joe Manchin is an advocate of gun control and has worked with Republicans to introduce stringent requirements for gun sales.

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55. Joe Manchin announced he was voting against Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price.

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56. Joe Manchin criticized Democratic leader Harry Reid when Reid criticized Trump, saying Reid should let someone else take over in leading the party, according to the Daily Caller.

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57. Joe Manchin has praised Trump as someone who gets things done and has criticized President Obama, once not attending a meeting Obama held with Congressional Democrats on Obamacare, The Daily Caller reported.

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58. Joe Manchin entered electoral politics in 1982, when he successfully ran for the West Virginia House of Delegates.

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59. Joe Manchin said he consulted with Collins during his decision-making process.

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60. Joe Manchin was criticized for having announced his intention to confirm Kavanaugh only after it was clear Republicans had enough votes to confirm without him.

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61. Joe Manchin replied that he should support his Miners Protection Act, which would secure health benefits and pension funds for retired miners.

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62. Joe Manchin joined all 12 Republicans on the committee to vote in favor of moving McNamee's nomination to the Senate for a final vote.

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63. Joe Manchin told reporters he'd join Republicans in supporting McNamee, and other Democrats said they expected the vote to proceed.

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64. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat joining Republicans in approving the nomination.

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65. Joe Manchin would have voted to put Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court and thus ensured the legal viability of EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

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66. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin told reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday that he was undecided and would wait until after a Trump administration briefing Wednesday morning to decide how he would vote.

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67. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin told reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday that he was undecided and would wait until after a Trump administration briefing Wednesday morning to decide how he.

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68. Joe Manchin was one of only two Democrats to vote for the confirmation of now-disgraced former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and the West Virginia Democrat has sided with Republicans often on environmental and energy policy.

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69. Joe Manchin has a lifetime score of 45 percent from the League of Conservation Voters, a group that spent more than $28 million on House and Senate candidates in the 2018 election cycle.

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70. Joe Manchin submitted a formal challenge Monday to the Mobility Fund Phase II initial eligible areas map, the only lawmaker to do so.

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71. Joe Manchin is a member of the National Rifle Association and a licensed pilot.

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72. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to vote 'yes' on the cloture of Kavanaugh's nomination, advancing the motion to a final vote.

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73. Joe Manchin was the first Democrat to say he would vote for Trump's first nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

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74. Joe Manchin said in 2014 that he "would change Social Security completely.

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75. Joe Manchin sponsored the National Yellow Dot Act to create a voluntary program that would alert emergency services personnel responding to car accidents of the availability of personal and medical information on the car's owner.

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76. On December 9, 2010, Joe Manchin was the sole Democrat to vote against cloture for the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, which contained a provision to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

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77. Joe Manchin supports the construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States.

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78. Joe Manchin is opposed to the DREAM Act, and was absent from a 2010 vote on the bill.

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79. In January 2018, Joe Manchin was one of six Democrats who broke with their party to vote to confirm Trump's nominee for Health Secretary, Alex Azar.

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80. On January 14, 2017, Joe Manchin expressed concern at the strict party-line vote on repealing Obamacare and said he could not, in good conscience, vote to repeal without a new plan in place.

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81. In 2010, Joe Manchin called for "repairs" of the Affordable Care Act and repeal of the "bad parts of Obamacare".

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82. Joe Manchin has expressed strong opposition to entitlement reform, describing Mitch McConnell's comments in October 2018 on the need to reform entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare as "absolutely ridiculous.

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83. In June 2017, Joe Manchin supported President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, saying he supported "a cleaner energy future" but that the Paris deal failed to strike "a balance between our environment and the economy.

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84. In 2012 Joe Manchin supported a GOP effort to "scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants", while West Virginia's other senator, Jay Rockefeller, did not.

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85. In 2011, Joe Manchin was the only Democratic senator to support the proposed Energy Tax Prevention Act, which sought to prohibit the United States Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas.

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86. Joe Manchin said, "We are literally sitting on top of tremendous potential with the Marcellus shale.

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87. On November 14, 2011, Joe Manchin chaired his first field hearing of that committee in Charleston, West Virginia, to focus on Marcellus Shale natural gas development and production.

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88. On October 6, 2010, Joe Manchin directed a lawsuit aimed at overturning new federal rules concerning mountaintop removal mining.

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89. Joe Manchin sits on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and supports a comprehensive, all-of-the-above energy approach that uses coal.

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90. In June 2011, Joe Manchin joined Senator Chuck Schumer in seeking a crackdown on Bitcoin currency transactions, saying that they facilitated illegal drug trade transactions.

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91. In June 2017, Joe Manchin voted to support President Trump's $350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

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92. Joe Manchin welcomed Donald Trump's presidency, saying: "He'll correct the trading policies, the imbalance in our trade policies, which are horrible.

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93. In 2018, Joe Manchin was one of 17 Democrats to break with their party and vote with Republicans to ease the Dodd-Frank banking rules.

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94. Joe Manchin worked with Senator Pat Toomey to introduce legislation that would require a background check for most gun sales.

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95. On December 13, 2010, Joe Manchin participated in the launch of No Labels, a new, nonpartisan organization that is "committed to bringing all sides together to move the nation forward.

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96. Joe Manchin introduced legislation to reduce the use of overseas service and security contractors.

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97. On June 21, 2011, Joe Manchin delivered a speech on the Senate floor calling for a "substantial and responsible reduction in the United States' military presence in Afghanistan.

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98. In January 2018, Joe Manchin joined two other Democrats and the majority of Republicans by voting in favor of a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks.

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99. In 2015, Joe Manchin announced that he would seek re-election to the Senate in 2018.

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100. Joe Manchin named Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis to be his chief of staff.

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101. Joe Manchin was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on November 15, 2010, succeeding interim Senator Carte Goodwin.

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