Manchin’s Sad Announcement

( – Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) revealed on Tuesday that his wife, Gayle Manchin, was hospitalized following a car accident in Alabama earlier this week.

Gayle, who currently co-chairs the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), was on her way to a hotel in Birmingham for an ARC event planned for Tuesday. She was traveling with her colleague Guy Land from the airport when the crash occurred, as detailed in the senator’s statement.

Both Gayle and Land were admitted to UAB Hospital, where they are receiving top-notch care, according to Senator Manchin. He mentioned that his wife remains in stable condition but will be staying in the hospital for a couple of days as a precautionary measure.

The senator expressed his gratitude towards the first responders who were quick to provide assistance and support at the scene.

In her mid-70s, Gayle Manchin has a history of public service. She was the first lady of West Virginia when Joe Manchin was the state’s governor from 2005 to 2010. Her career has been marked by her work as an educator, including a role as West Virginia’s secretary of education and arts.

President Joe Biden nominated her in 2021 to serve on the ARC, an economic development partnership between the federal government and 13 state governments in the Appalachian region. The Senate later confirmed her nomination that year.

Senator Manchin, who has been a member of the Senate since 2010, announced last year that he would not run for re-election in 2024, though he left open the possibility of a future presidential bid.

His biography notes that he and Gayle have been married for over fifty years, sharing three children and several grandchildren.

Following the news of the accident, some of Senator Manchin’s colleagues in the Senate extended their well wishes. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), whose state is part of the Appalachian region, expressed his prayers for a swift recovery for both Gayle Manchin and Guy Land.

Similarly, Senator Katie Britt (R-AL) acknowledged the exceptional work of Alabama’s first responders and conveyed her hopes for their speedy recovery.