© 2024 Louisville Public Media

Public Files:
89.3 WFPL · 90.5 WUOL-FM · 91.9 WFPK

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact info@lpm.org or call 502-814-6500
89.3 WFPL News | 90.5 WUOL Classical 91.9 WFPK Music | KyCIR Investigations
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Stream: News Music Classical

Biden Picks Gayle Manchin, Wife of WV Senator, For Appalachian Regional Commission 

Gayle and Sen. Joe Manchin in a 2012 campaign ad.
Video still from ad
Gayle and Sen. Joe Manchin in a 2012 campaign ad.

President Joe Biden has nominated Gayle Manchin, the wife of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, to co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission, the White House announced Friday.

The commission was created in 1965 as part of an antipoverty effort under President Lyndon Johnson. It serves 420 Appalachian counties across 13 states from southern New York to northeast Mississippi and has invested $4.5 billion in the region since its creation. All 55 of West Virginia’s counties fall under the commission.

The agency promotes economic development, job training, and investments in infrastructure and the region’s cultural and natural assets.

Joe Manchin is a key Senate Democrat who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. As a moderate, Manchin’s vote has been critical for Biden’s agenda in an evenly split chamber.

Gayle Manchin is a career educator who was West Virginia’s first lady from 2005 to 2010 and a member of the state board of education from 2007 to 2015.

In 2017, Gov. Jim Justice appointed her as cabinet secretary for the Office of Education and the Arts but fired her in 2018 amid a dispute over the state legislature’s attempts to restructure the department.

Her nomination to the commission will require Senate confirmation.

Jeff Young is managing editor of the Ohio Valley ReSource, a journalism collaboration led by Louisville Public Media.

Can we count on your support?

Louisville Public Media depends on donations from members – generous people like you – for the majority of our funding. You can help make the next story possible with a donation of $10 or $20. We'll put your gift to work providing news and music for our diverse community.