Joe Manchin To Stay In The Senate, Won’t Run For Governor In West Virginia

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) looks on during a news conference to discuss the national opioid crisis, on Capitol Hill June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Democratic senators discussed the ... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) looks on during a news conference to discuss the national opioid crisis, on Capitol Hill June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Democratic senators discussed the opioid issue and how it relates to the Senate health care bill being considered. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced on Tuesday that he plans to stay in the Senate after weighing whether he wanted to run for governor again in his home state.

“Ultimately, I believe my role as U.S. Senator allows me to position our state for success for the rest of this century,” Manchin said in a press release. “As the top Democrat and Ranking Member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I am going to push the Senate to take up and pass energy technology bills that invest in all-of-the-above energy that will keep our country as the world economic leader.”

The West Virginia Democrat pledged to “work with the President to accomplish what best serves our state and our country.”

“And I will speak truth to power when I don’t agree with the path the President has chosen to take–that is what West Virginians elected me to do!” he continued.

Before Manchin was elected to the Senate in 2010, he had served as West Virginia’s governor for 10 years.

The moderate Democrat won reelection last year despite his state voting overwhelming for President Donald Trump in 2016.

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