Gayle Manchin: Biden nominates wife of key Democratic senator to chair economic agency

Gayle Manchin: Biden nominates wife of key Democratic senator to chair economic agency


Gayle Manchin: Biden nominates wife of key Democratic senator to chair economic agency

Gayle Manchin: Biden nominates wife of key Democratic senator to chair economic agency

Joe Biden is nominating Gayle Manchin, the wife of key conservative Democratic senator Joe Manchin to lead a federal commission that works with states to strengthen the economy in the Appalachian region.

If confirmed by the Senate, Ms Manchin will co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership agency established in 1965 in which the federal government partners with 13 states to invest in local communities and create jobs.

Representing West Virginia, Senator Manchin has major influence over the president’s agenda as a key swing voter in the 50-50 tied Senate.

Without his vote, and with slim chance of support from across the aisle, Vice President Kamala Harris would be unable to cast tie-breaking votes to pass Democrat legislation.

A White House press release describes Ms Manchin as an educator with an extensive background in local and statewide educational partnerships in West Virginia, as well as a role on the State Board of Education during her time as first lady when her husband was governor.


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