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Brian Anderson
Sean Plasynski
Eugene M. Trisko
Bill Raney
Jeff Dimick
Jingxin Wang
Ian MacRobbie
Joshua Israel
Jessica Moore
Colin Williams
Jim Solano
Mark Zatezalo
Charlie Burd

Suriyun (Suri) Sukduang
Beth Wheatley
Michelle McGregor
Kenneth H. Means
Chris Ilardi
Paul Redford
Kevin DiGregorio
Randall Gemmen
Greg Hoyer
Nathanial Manchin
Jeff Keffer
Stephen Nelson
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III

Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson
Brian J. Anderson is the Director of the West Virginia University (WVU) Energy Institute and the GE Plastics Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering at WVU. The WVU Energy Institute is the central university organization coordinating and facilitating collaborative research projects at WVU in Fossil Energy, Sustainable Energy, Energy Policy, and Environmental Stewardship related to energy. Dr. Anderson was awarded the 2012 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers and a 2014 Kavli National Academy of Science Frontiers of Science Fellow. He has been a NETL-RUA Faculty Fellow at the National Energy Technology Laboratory since 2008 where he is the coordinator of the International Methane Hydrate Reservoir Simulator Code Comparison study. In 2011, he was awarded a Secretary Honor Achievement Award from the Secretary of the Department of Energy for his role on the Flow Rate Technical Group, a team spanning multiple National Laboratories that worked in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2000 at WVU and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2005 respectively. After joining the faculty at WVU in January of 2006, he coauthored the MIT report, “The Future of Geothermal Energy: Impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st Century,” considered the seminal report on EGS and the future of geothermal energy. He serves on the technical advisory board of AltaRock Energy and in the 2011, along with colleagues from Stanford, MIT, Cornell, University of Utah, Southern Methodist University and the University of Nevada, he cofounded the National Geothermal Academy. His research interests include molecular, reservoir, and multiscale modeling applied to energy and biomedical systems.

 

Sean Plasynski

Sean Plasynski
Sean Plasynski provides strategic direction, oversight, and management of NETL’s support functions and services. As chief operating officer, Dr. Plasynski manages a comprehensive, fully integrated program of laboratory support operations and services including safe and secure facilities, cybersecurity and IT infrastructure. Dr. Plasynski has held numerous management and technical positions over his 26-year career at NETL, including director of the Strategic Center of Coal, director of the Office of Coal and Power R&D, and Sequestration Technology manager. He has been involved in a wide spectrum of energy technology development, including advanced power and environmental systems, solids transport, biomass co-firing, and carbon capture and storage. Dr. Plasynski has also served on a team addressing critical U.S. infrastructure vulnerabilities for homeland security. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.

 

Eugene M. Trisko

Eugene M. Trisko
Eugene M. Trisko is an energy economist and attorney who represents labor clients in energy and environmental matters. Mr. Trisko has a dual B.A. in economics and politics from New York University (1972) and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center (1977). Before entering private practice in 1991, he was an energy economist with Robert Nathan Associates in Washington, D.C., (1973-77), an attorney with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (1977-79), and executive vice president of Stern Bros., Inc., an energy holding company in West Virginia (1986-91).

He was involved from 1981 until 1990 in the legislative development of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, and helped to develop portions of the Title IV acid rain program. He is the author of more than 30 articles on energy and environmental policy issues published in economic, energy, environmental and law journals, and has testified before Congress and state legislatures on many occasions.

Mr. Trisko has participated as an NGO on behalf of the United Mine Workers of America in all United Nations climate change negotiating sessions subsequent to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. In 2007, he helped to negotiate the clean coal technology and emission allowance allocation provisions of the bipartisan Bingaman- Specter climate bill. The Hill has recognized Mr. Trisko as one of Washington’s “Top Grassroots Lobbyists.” In 2008 and 2009, he helped to negotiate the carbon capture and storage provisions of the Boucher-Rahall and Waxman-Markey climate bills.

Mr. Trisko served for nine years as an appointed member of U.S. EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. In 2000 and 2007, he was named by the U.S. Department of State as a nongovernment member of the U.S. Delegation in U.S.-Canada air quality negotiations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. He currently represents labor petitioners in litigation before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning EPA’s Clean Power Plan and NSPS carbon rules.

 

Bill Raney

Bill Raney
Bill Raney was born in Bluefield, W.Va., but raised in Princeton, W.Va., (Mercer County) and the coalfields of Wyoming County. He was educated in public schools of Mercer County, graduating from Princeton High School. Mr. Raney received a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University, followed by a master’s in public administration, also from WVU.

He was employed by the W.Va. Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Reclamation from 1970 through 1977, serving in various positions including surface mine inspector, supervisor, administrative assistant and assistant chief.

Mr. Raney joined the West Virginia Mining and Reclamation Association in 1977 and served as its vice president until April 1992. At that time, he was named president of the West Virginia Coal Association, where he continues.

Mr. Raney has served as or is currently serving as: chairman of the West Virginia National Guard Foundation; former chairman and current board member of the West Virginia Business & Industry Council (BIC); current board member of the Youth Leadership Association’s Youth in Government Program, the West Virginia Kids Count Fund; W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Advisory Committee; W.Va. Special Reclamation Advisory Council; Coal Resource Road Transportation Committee; the WVU School of Engineering Mining Program Visiting Committee; former elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston; a retired colonel in the West Virginia Army National Guard; inductee in the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame and the First Tee West Virginia Coal Miner’s Hall of Fame.

He resides in South Charleston with his wife, Pam. They have a daughter, Michelle, a student at WVU’s Medical School, who is married to Nathan Angeline, and a son, Chris, in Columbus, Ohio, with Bill and Pam’s grandchildren, Will and Allie.

 

Jeff Dimick

Jeff Dimick
Jeff Dimick serves as Ohio Valley University’s executive vice president. Jeff joined OVU’s administration in June 2012 after a 27-year aerospace career with The Boeing Company in Los Angeles, Calif. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/computer science from Oklahoma Christian University and a master’s degree in mathematics from Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Dimick also serves as president of OVU-ACE, LLC, Ohio Valley University’s Alternative Clean Energy Center. In fall 2012, he began working with Mark Wiley of TCG Global to explore the possibility of developing a fully commercial-scale coal-to-liquids facility in Parkersburg/Vienna, W.Va., to provide an alternate source of revenue for OVU operations.

Mr. Dimick currently serves on the following boards: Oklahoma Christian University, Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce, Parkersburg Actors Guild, Blennerhassett District Council for the Boy Scouts, and Manos de Esperanza (a nonprofit paying for the education of children in El Salvador).

 

Jingxin Wang

Jingxin Wang
Dr. Jingxin Wang is professor and associate director for research and the director of Renewable Materials and Bioenergy Research Center in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University, USA.

He received his degrees in forest/mechanical engineering from Northeast Forestry University, China. He received an M.S. in computer science from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in forest resource management from the University of Georgia, USA. His research interests include biomass energy and bio-products, forest carbon sequestration and optimization, computer simulation and system modeling, and forest ecosystem management and climate change.

Dr. Wang has authored or co-authored 150 refereed papers and 12 books or book chapters. Currently, he is a leading principal investigator for five U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy biomass energy and bio-products projects. He has served as an editorial board member and associate editor for four international journals and adjunct professor for four Chinese universities/institutions. He is an active member in six international professional societies.

 

Ian MacRobbie

Ian MacRobbie
Ian MacRobbie graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1997, having attained a bachelor of applied science in mechanical engineering.

His career began in the oil and gas production field, working for PanCanadian in Southeast, Saskatchewan, where he was employed for five years. Upon returning to Ontario in 2003, Ian began his career with Enbridge at the gas storage facility just southeast of Sarnia. As operations manager, he was responsible for all aspects of the safe storage of nearly 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

In February 2011, Mr. MacRobbie transferred to Enbridge’s rapidly expanding renewable energy business, as general manager for Green Energy, Ontario. In this capacity, Ian is accountable for the operations and maintenance of Enbridge’s renewable assets in the east region. They include the wind farms in Ontario, West Virginia and Quebec, solar farms in Ontario as well as a small hydro project in Ontario.

When Mr. MacRobbie is not working at or traveling between the project sites, he enjoys being home in Petrolia, with his wife, Becky, and their three young boys. In his spare time, Mr. MacRobbie continues to enjoy the outdoors and is often seen at the soccer pitch accompanied by his family and wearing many hats: as a participant, spectator and coach.

 

Joshua Israel

Joshua Israel
Mr. Israel currently serves as the associate director of business development at the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions (CAFEE) at West Virginia University, a nonprofit emissions research facility. His research with CAFEE includes measurement and control of heavy-duty mobile source emissions, particulate matter characterization, and air inventory and air quality research. With over 10 years’ experience in emissions quantification, he is an expert in emissions compliance regulations and testing procedures. Mr. Israel is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of all industryfacing contract testing services at CAFEE, as well identifying and guiding the strategic growth of the center. Prior to joining the center at WVU, he worked for Cummins Inc. as part of the heavy-duty engineering team.

A native of Clarksburg, W.Va., Mr. Israel studied mechanical engineering at the Purdue School of Engineering, where he received B.S. and M.S. degrees. In addition, he holds B.A. degrees in literature and philosophy from West Virginia University.

 

Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore currently serves as manager of the applied oil and gas program at the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES).

She received a B.S. in geology from West Virginia University and an M.S. in geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Prior to returning home to West Virginia to pursue a Ph.D., she worked with the North Carolina Geological Survey to characterize formation and evolution of barrier islands on the Atlantic passive margin.

Ms. Moore has been recognized for achievement via the USGS S.T.A.R. award, an AAPG Imperial Barrel award, and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, and the WVU Distinguished Doctoral program.

 

Colin Williams

Colin Williams
Colin Williams is a founding partner and vice president with Mountain View Solar, West Virginia’s largest and fastest-growing solar install company. He holds the NABCEP PV technical sales certification, OSHA 30 and has played a leadership role in hundreds of solar sales and installations.

Prior to forming Mountain View Solar, Mr. Williams owned his own residential construction company that built modestly sized, energy efficient homes, and in 2002 he built a passive solar log home near his hometown of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where he lives with his family.

Mr. Williams embraces his role as an advocate for renewable energy. He is active on several local boards and task forces and is a frequent speaker on solar technology and practical ways to manage our energy consumption and be better stewards of the environment.

 

Jim Solano

Jim Solano has 30 years’ experience managing a wide range of professional sales and marketing operations in the government procurement and waste management/logistics industries. For 15 years he was president of Aerodyne Systems Engineering Ltd. specializing in advanced design helicopters and logistical solutions in foreign countries. From 1990-1993 he managed Allied/Star Recycling in New York where he tripled the business with municipal contracts, state agency agreements and significant private recycling programs. In 1993-1994 he founded Quality Resource Recovery Corporation (QRRC), a waste management/logistics company that designed integrated systems for government corporations, transporters, processors, recyclers and/or end users. In all instances, QRRC developed environmental management procedures to solve short- and long-term waste disposal issues. Mr. Solano also acted as the M & A and Green Field developer to a public company that is today the second-largest waste company in the world. During the last five years he has been devoted to founding and positioning the company to be the company presented herein. Mr. Solano was a board member of: The American Foreign Policy Institute, The Hazardous Materials Control Institute and The New York Disaster Preparedness Commission.

 

Mark Zatezalo

Mark Zatezalo
Mark Zatezalo is a delegate from the 1st District of West Virginia, which is composed of Hancock and the northern part of Brooke counties. He has been in office for two years.

He graduated with a B.S. in geology from West Virginia University and obtained his master’s degree from the University of Missouri. Mr. Zatezalo is a professional geologist, licensed in the state of Texas and has more than 38 years of experience, working predominantly as a hydrogeologist.

Much of his career has been spent as a consultant working in the environmental arena. He has experience with assessment of groundwater conditions at various facilities including landfills, coal mines, nuclear power plants and industrial facilities including chemical and steel plants.

Mr. Zatezalo was elected to the W.Va. House of Delegates in 2014 and is a member of the energy committee as well as the committee on the judiciary. He and his wife, Martha, reside in Weirton.

 

Charlie Burd

Charlie Burd
Charlie Burd has been the executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGA) since July 2002. His duties include managing the day-to-day operations of the 600+ member trade association of oil and gas operators and those that serve them. He also oversees IOGA’s legislative efforts.

Prior to joining IOGA, Mr. Burd enjoyed a 29-year career at Hope Gas Inc., where he held a variety of operations, sales and management positions.

Mr. Burd holds an associate degree from Mountain State College (’76), a Regents B.A. from Glenville State College (’82), and is a 1995 graduate of the University Of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute where he completed his thesis work relating to the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. He also has earned the national distinction as a certified economic developer and is a 2001 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.

Mr. Burd serves on the industry advisory committee for WVU’s College of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, WVU’s advisory committee for the Energy and Land Management Program and WVU’s advisory committee for the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Mr. Burd is active with the Independent Petroleum Association of America; the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Polymer Alliance Zone of West Virginia and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. He serves as the official state representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission of behalf of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

Mr. Burd resides in Vienna, W.Va., with his wife, Leone, and son, Nathan. His older son, Charlie, lives in upstate New York.

 

Suriyun (Suri) Sukduang

Suriyun (Suri) Sukduang
Suriyun (Suri) Sukduang is responsible for development, construction, technical diligence, asset optimization and capital projects as they relate to Quantum’s development initiatives, existing generation asset fleet and power project acquisitions under review by Quantum.

Mr. Sukduang has more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry in multiple segments along the energy market value chain ranging from power plant development, construction and operations to risk management and wholesale energy marketing.

Prior to joining QUG in May 2012, Mr. Sukduang was the director of business development at Keystone Energy Partners where he was a lead member of a successfully exited private equity backed generation, wholesale, and retail energy company wherein he managed the acquisitions and development of utility scale power generation assets in ERCOT and the startup and successful sale of a retail energy company. Prior to Keystone, Mr. Sukduang held various roles in the power generation industry at NextEra Energy and GDF Suez Energy NA. He holds a B.S. in systems engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

 

Beth Wheatley

Beth Wheatley
Beth Wheatley is the Director of External Affairs for The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia. She works directly with state leaders, public agencies, conservation organizations, business leaders, and communities to conserve and restore important lands and waters to protecting our stunning natural diversity and our quality of life. Ms. Wheatley focuses on public policy, public funding, strategic partnerships, and contributions to The Nature Conservancy’s development scientific tools to solve real environmental challenges. She is the recipient of West Virginia Land Trust’s Special Places Guardian of the Year Award and the National Soil & Water Conservation Society’s Legislative Leadership Award. She has worked in the conservation field for nearly 20 years in the far corners of the country — from Florida to Montana to Maine. Ms. Wheatley recently served as Adjunct Faculty at Davis & Elkins College. She has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a M.S. in natural resource policy & behavior from the University of Michigan. Ms. Wheatley lives in Charleston, W.Va.

 

Michelle McGregor

Michelle McGregor
Michelle McGregor is the senior oil and gas development advisor for the Nature Conservancy, Appalachian region. She works directly with the oil and gas Industry, governmental agencies, environmental NGOs, and other key partners to enhance ongoing collaboration and develop and deploy leading environmental and engineering strategies, practices, and tools to reduce habitat impacts.

Ms. McGregor is a former global environmental, health, and safety (EHS) executive with a broad base of experience that includes global EHS compliance, corporate leadership, EHS strategic risk, and project, program, and performance management. She has worked in key business sectors including energy, manufacturing, petrochemical, government, and consulting in more than 35 countries.

Ms. McGregor attended Texas A&M University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. You may contact Michelle at michelle.mcgregor@ tnc.org.

 

Kenneth H. Means

Kenneth H. Means
Dr. Kenneth H. Means, P.E., is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. He is a licensed professional engineer in West Virginia. He received a Ph.D. at West Virginia University, an MSME from Drexel University, and a BSME from West Virginia University. He specializes in the design of mechanical systems, HVAC and dynamics of mechanical systems.

Since 1981 he has been performing research and teaching at West Virginia University. He has worked as a private consultant in the energy field and has been performing studies of industryrelated safety and energy problems for several years. The industrial related work is funded by W.Va. Division of Energy. Dr. Means also is a consultant for the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy in Morgantown.

Dr. Means served on the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers from 1981 to 1995. He also served on the energy task force under Governor Bob Wise. His program in Projects With Industry, where he takes student teams to West Virginia industries, schools and institutions for design projects on energy efficiency, has been selected as one of the top programs in the United States for injecting real world engineering into an engineering curriculum by the National Academy of Engineering.

 

Chris Ilardi

Chris A. Ilardi came to West Virginia in 1975 when his father retired from the Air Force. He graduated from WVU with a degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting. While attending WVU, he worked for Allegheny Development Corporation and Pineview Supply Corporation. These companies built and managed rental properties, built single-family homes and light commercial projects, and owned and operated an Ace Hardware store.

After graduating in 1985, he became the manager of these companies. Mr. Ilardi joined the North Central West Virginia Home Builders Association in 1985 and became active in his local and state associations. He served as president of his local association from 1996-1997 and as president of the Home Builders Association of West Virginia from 1999-2000.

He was appointed to the West Virginia Contractor’s Licensing Board by Governor Cecil Underwood in 1998 and served until 2002. He served as the government affairs committee chairman for the HBA of W.Va. from 2003-2012. He also has served as a member and chairman of the Monongalia County Planning Commission. He has been married to his wife, Robin, for 31 years. They have two children, Michelle and Tony.

 

Paul Redford

Paul Redford is currently the district administrator of lodge and resort parks for the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources, parks and recreation section.

Mr. Redford previously was employed by the Wheeling Park Commission as manager of capital projects and safety.

He possesses a B.S. in business management and an MBA from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

 

Kevin DiGregorio

Kevin DiGregorio
Kevin DiGregorio is the executive director of The Chemical Alliance Zone, a nonprofit economic development group dedicated to advancing the chemical and related industries in West Virginia. He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and more than 16 years of experience with Union Carbide Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company.

Mr. DiGregorio conducted biomedical research for his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and earned the Young Investigator Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society for his dissertation work. He was awarded the Corporate Fellows Technology Award at Union Carbide Corporation. He spent his last several years at Dow as the change leader at the South Charleston Technology Park.

Mr. DiGregorio is a director on a number of statewide boards, including MATRIC, the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, and TechConnectWV. He also serves on several advisory boards, chairs the WVU Chemical Engineering Advisory Committee, and is a member of the West Virginia University Academy of Chemical Engineers.

 

Randall Gemmen

Randall Gemmen
Dr. Randall Gemmen serves as the team supervisor for the innovative energy and water processes team, under the Research and Innovation Center at NETL. In this position Dr. Gemmen plans, manages and conducts exploratory and applied research in the areas of advanced direct energy conversion using plasmas and electrochemistry, and provides enabling technologies in the areas of electro-optics and sensors, purification of water sources as aligned to fuel resource production and energy conversion, and investigates fossil and renewable (solar and geothermal) hybrid systems to support DOE program needs and to develop new energy conversion concepts.

Prior to this role, Dr. Gemmen has served in several research positions at NETL, including combustion sciences examining the effects of unsteady combustion on turbine performance, as well as fuel cell R&D focused on high temperature solid oxide systems, both standalone and in hybridization with gas turbine engines.

 

Greg Hoyer

Greg Hoyer
Greg Hoyer was born and raised in the Charleston area. He is a graduate of Charleston Catholic High School and the University of Charleston. After beginning his career in Atlanta, Georgia, he returned to West Virginia and served as a clerk for the West Virginia House of Delegates Committee on the Judiciary and later became the House Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk. Mr Hoyer joined LGCR Government Solutions in 2005, providing government affairs services to multiple clients on the federal, state and local levels. In 2013 he became EQT Corporation’s West Virginia Government Affairs Manager.

 

Nathanial Manchin

Nathanial Manchin
Nathanial Manchin grew up in north central West Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a master’s degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University. He has been working at EQT Corporation for nine years and started with the company in Charleston, W.Va. as a government affairs specialist. As the unconventional shale continued to develop, he transferred to EQT’s headquarters in Pittsburgh and built a team to support Local Government and Community Affairs within EQT’s operating area.

 

Jeff Keffer

Jeff Keffer
Jeff Keffer became the CEO of Longview Power in 2011 and assumed CEO responsibilities for Mepco Holdings and its subsidiaries in late 2013. In his capacity as CEO, Mr. Keffer was primarily responsible for successfully managing the largest construction arbitration matter in the USA to a favorable settlement and the debt for equity restructuring of more than $1 billion of senior secured loans in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Longview Power. He joined Longview Power in 2007 as chief legal officer and became the executive vice president in 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Keffer was a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP for more than 15 years where he practiced in the project development and finance as well as corporate areas. He received a B.A. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

 

Stephen Nelson

Stephen Nelson
Stephen Nelson joined Longview Power in 2013 to lead the rehabilitation of the Longview facility. That effort was completed in late 2015 with a significant improvement in the reliability and capacity of the facility. This project was recognized by the industry through Power Magazine’s 2016 Plant Re-invention award, noting that the Longview plant is now one of the cleanest, most reliable and most efficient coal plant in North America. Prior to joining Longview Power, Mr. Nelson was director of power asset management at Black & Veatch for seven years and was a respected power operations professional assisting power generators, industry financial entities and utilities throughout the North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Mr. Nelson gained a B.S. in mechanical engineering at California State University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College.

 

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III
Senator Manchin has served in several leadership capacities on various associations, including: Chairman of the National Governors Association, Chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, President of the Council of State Governments, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association.

Sen. Manchin served as Secretary of State from 2000 to 2004, and his office was known for excellent customer service. He was a state legislator from 1982 to 1996, where he earned a reputation for standing up for West Virginians.

Sen. Manchin became a successful businessman after attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship.

Sen. Manchin is an avid pilot, outdoorsman, hunter, angler and motorcyclist. He has been married for more than four decades to the former Gayle Conelly of Beckley. They have three children: Heather, Joseph IV and Brooke, and are the proud grandparents of Joseph V, Sophie, Kelsey, Madeline, Chloe, Jack, Carly, Vivian, Beaux and Knox.