Senator of West Virginia
Who he is
Joseph "Joe" Manchin III (born August 24, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from West Virginia. Manchin, a member of the Democratic Party, previously served as the Governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010 and the Secretary of State of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005. He won the special election in November 2010 to fill the seat of Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving U.S. Senator, who died in office. Manchin was elected to a full term in office with 60 percent of the vote in November 2012.
Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone Pipeline System is a pipeline system to transport synthetic crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, and crude oil from the northern United States, "primarily to refineries in the Gulf Coast" of Texas.
Joe Manchin is for the Keystone XL Pipeline project because he says "The pipeline would give us the opportunity to buy oil from Canada--our neighbor, our ally and one of our greatest trading partners. The Keystone XL pipeline would also allow us to move away from dependence on foreign oil produced by countries who are not our friends, and to move closer to our goal of achieving North American energy independence. The pipeline would also create thousands of good-paying jobs right here at home that could help boost our stagnant economy. Let’s not waste another minute debating the approval of the Keystone Pipeline and finally begin its construction."