Joe Biden nominates wife of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of dominant West Virginia as co-chair of the Appalachian Commission
- Gayle Manchin is an educator who served as West Virginia’s first lady
- Biden has nominated her as co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission
- It awards grants and projects in the economically struggling region
- Manchin voted for the main nominee for the Pentagon on Thursday
- But he helped nominate Neera Tanden for the budget post
- He is also against the lifting of the legislative filibuster
- The only Democratic senator not to co-sponsor a sweeping voting bill
- His seat in a GOP-leaning state helps Democrats maintain control of the 50-50 Senate
President Joe Biden has appointed the wife of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin to a federal committee – a benefit to the legislature who has been a key gatekeeper to important legislation and appointments.
Gayle Manchin’s appointment to co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission was listed at the bottom of a White House release on several appointments in similar panels on Friday.
The committee helps award grants and fund projects designed to help communities in the economically struggling region, including parts of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and other parts of coal countries and counties across the Appalachian Mountain area.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is a key player in the Senate 50-50. President Joe Biden nominates his wife, Gayle, as co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission
She is described as an educator who led the Community Service Learning Program and Fairmont State University. It notes that she served as the first lady of the state, and on the state board of education, while holding other positions, having obtained a master’s degree in Reading.
Another important part of her bio is included in the release. While at WVU, Gayle met Joe Manchin, III, elected United States Senator from West Virginia, and married to serve Senator Robert C Byrd’s unexpired term in 2010, and reelected for full terms in 2012 and 2018. Joe and Gayle have been married for 53 years and have three children and ten grandchildren, ‘it says.
West Virginia Senator (D) Joe Manchin III is flanked by his wife Gayle as he is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence during the inauguration of recently elected senators at the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC January 3, 2019. Manchin helped lead a major nominee through the committee on Thursday
President Biden demanded action on the right to vote and proposed on Thursday to be open to changing the legislative filibuster
Manchin helped kill Neera Tanden’s nomination to run the White House Office of Management and the budget. But in another demonstration of his rule, he gave his support after holding Colin Kahl to a high Pentagon post.
In the event of a tie, there was also a ‘yes’ vote from Manchin, which probably saved the nomination and made it possible to bring it to the floor.
His seat in a GOP-leaning state helps Democrats maintain control of the 50-50 Senate, although his positions have at times drawn fire from the left wing of his party.
Manchin is the only Democratic senator who did not participate in a major bill on voting rights that President Biden called a top priority at his first press conference at the White House Thursday.
He has said he likes some of the ideas in the bill, but wants to act in a two-pronged way – giving him the opportunity to serve as a linchpin in the negotiations.
His opposition to destroying the legislative filibuster includes him in a small band of Democrats who could hold the fate of the general Biden agenda in his hands.
The Appalachian Regional Commission awards numerous projects in the region, including education and health projects in Alabama, corporate grants in Kentucky, and sewer improvements in West Virginia.
He is against a minimum wage of $ 15 and is in favor of a smaller increase.