Mar 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden taps Gayle Manchin as co-chair of Appalachian Regional Commission

Joe Manchin and Gayle Manchin

Sen. Joe Manchin and Gayle Conelly Manchin at the senator's swearing-in ceremony in 2019. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday nominated Gayle Conelly Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and the former president of the West Virginia Board of Education, to serve as co-chair of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Why it matters: The ARC is an economic development partnership between the federal government and 13 state governments with the goal of investing in Appalachian communities. Sen. Joe Manchin is a critical moderate swing vote that Biden will need in order to pass any of his priorities in the 50-50 Senate.

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