Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Overnight Health Care — Biden touts drug price push Biden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Tuesday that he will stay in the Senate after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump regarding a possible Cabinet position.
In a statement, Manchin said he was “humbled to be considered for the Secretary of Energy position” but that “right now, I believe that I can best serve my state of West Virginia in the United States Senate.”
Manchin was floated as a potential Energy secretary, though Trump on Tuesday morning named former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his pick for the position.
The West Virginia senator met with Trump in New York on Monday for more than an hour.
He said Tuesday that he is “committed to working with President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE and his Administration to find commonsense solutions to pass the Miners Protection Act, solve our opioid crisis, rebuild our infrastructure, reform our broken tax code, keep faith with our veterans and build an economy that works for all Americans.”
Manchin is one of two Democratic senators Trump’s team has raised as possible Cabinet appointees. Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampVirginia loss lays bare Democrats' struggle with rural voters Washington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight MORE (D-N.D.) is under consideration for a position at the Agriculture Department.
Manchin, a conservative Democrat and a member of the party’s leadership in the Senate, is up for reelection in 2018. But he could be facing a tough race in West Virginia, a state that went strongly for Trump in November.