US Senator, West Virginia (D)
Joe Manchin is a US senator (D) representing West Virginia. He won the special election in November 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert Byrd, then was elected to a full term in 2012. Manchin currently serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and the Senate Banking Committee. He was governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010 and its secretary of state from 2001 to 2005. He started his political career in the West Virginia state legislature.