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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Joe Manchin

< 25 Top Pension Power Players17. Joe ManchinU.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 25Click below to view profiles
1. Andy PuzderSecretary of Labor2. Bruce RaunerGovernor of Illinois3. Betsy DeVosSecretary of Education4. Laura & John ArnoldFounders,
Laura and John Arnold Foundation5. Steven MnuchinSecretary of the Treasury
6. Wilbur RossSecretary of Commerce7. Tani Cantil-SakauyeCalifornia Chief Justice8. Paul RyanSpeaker of the House9. Anthony ScaramucciFounder, SkyBridge Capital10. Kevin de LeónCalifornia State Senator and President Pro Tempore
11. Mike EnziChairman, Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security12. Steve SweeneyPresident,
New Jersey State Senate13. Jerry BrownGovernor of California14. Corey LewandowskiCo-founder, Avenue Strategies15. Paul SingerPresident,
Elliott Management Corp.
16. Randel JohnsonSenior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce17. Joe ManchinU.S. Senator18. Kenneth FeinbergFounder and managingpartner, Feinberg Rozen19. Scott WalkerGovernor of Wisconsin20. Richard TrumkaPresident, AFL-CIO
21. Mike RawlingsMayor of Dallas22. Elizabeth WarrenU.S. Senator23. Kent MasonPartner,
Davis & Harman24. Bernie SandersU.S. Senator25. Randi WeingartenPresident, American Federation of Teachers