New Members 2010 - West Virginia


House 01


Date of Birth: Aug. 24, 1947
Birthplace: Farmington, W.Va.
Residence: Charleston, W.Va.; Fairmont, W.Va.
Occupation: Businessman
Education: B.S., West Virginia University 
Previous Office Held: State delegate, state senator, governor
Family: Wife, Gayle; three children

Joe Manchin has served in West Virginia politics since 1982, moving first from the House of Delegates to the state Senate, then becoming secretary of the state in 2000, and finally on to the governorship in 2005. He is so popular in the state that he won his 2008 gubernatorial reelection campaign with 70 percent of the vote even though West Virginians have overwhelmingly supported Republicans in the last three presidential contests.

After Sen. Robert Byrd (D) died, Manchin named Carte Goodwin to the seat, despite pressure to appoint himself, and won the seat after a tough race against Republican businessman John Raese.


Date of Birth: March 28, 1947
Birthplace:  Wheeling, W.Va.
Residence: Wheeling, W.Va.
Occupation: Principal, McKinley & Associates (professional engineering and architectural design firm)
Education: B.S., Purdue University
Previous Office Held: West Virginia House of Delegates; chairman, West Virginia Republican Party
Family: Wife, Mary; four children, six grandchildren

Wheeling native David McKinley is a seventh-generation West Virginian who shares the economic concerns of many people in his state.

He has called for an end to Democrats’ “war on coal” following efforts to pass cap-and-trade legislation. He also thinks exploration and “aggressive” drilling for oil and natural gas “should be permitted without further delay.”

McKinley has criticized federal spending under the Democrats, but he’s not against all forms of stimulus funding. He wants government aid to target jobless construction workers to retrofit public buildings for energy efficiency.

An engineer by training, McKinley established an architectural and engineering company with offices in three cities. He also worked in real estate and produced collectible glass and components of military aircraft. He was a state legislator from 1981 to 1994, and lost to Cecil Underwood in the 1996 Republican gubernatorial primary.