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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Joe Manchin

No. 17 Joe Manchin

  • By Peter Vasiliev

17. Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator

Donald Trump may have won West Virginia on a promise to revive the coal industry, but will he stand up for coal miners’ pensions? That’s what Joe Manchin wants to know. The Democratic senator from West Virginia has led the charge on Capitol Hill to bail out the United Mine Workers of America’s health care and retirement funds. This year he helped reintroduce the Miners Protection Act, which would prop up the depleted funds with $3 billion over the next decade; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the legislation in 2016. Manchin, 69, has cozied up to Trump, breaking party lines to support several of the new president’s cabinet picks. Representing a Democratic stronghold that backed Trump, he could be in a unique position to broker a bipartisan deal, but he faces a tough 2018 reelection campaign. — Jess Delaney


The 2017 Pension Political Power 25

1. Andy Puzder
Secretary of Labor
2. Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois
3. Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education
4. Laura & John Arnold
Founders,
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
5. Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
6. Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce
7. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
California Chief Justice
8. Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
9. Anthony Scaramucci
Founder, SkyBridge Capital
10. Kevin de León
California State Senator and President Pro Tempore
11. Mike Enzi
Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
12. Steve Sweeney
President,
New Jersey State Senate
13. Jerry Brown
Governor of California
14. Corey Lewandowski
Co-founder, Avenue Strategies
15. Paul Singer
President,
Elliott Management Corp.
16. Randel Johnson
Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
17. Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator
18. Kenneth Feinberg
Founder and managingpartner, Feinberg Rozen
19. Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin
20. Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
21. Mike Rawlings
Mayor of Dallas
22. Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator
23. Kent Mason
Partner,
Davis & Harman
24. Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator
25. Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers

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