Or at least that may be the case in our Congress--the best legislature money can buy. Maybe that's unfair, or maybe it's just that some are more concerned about appearances than others. We'll find out soon enough:
Biden nominates Sen. Joe Manchin's wife to federal commission
Gayle Conelly Manchin is Biden's pick for the Appalachian Regional Commission
President Biden has picked the wife of an extremely influential U.S. senator for a federal commission post, the White House announced Friday.
Biden nominated Gayle Conelly Manchin to co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership with 13 states designed to boost investment in the Appalachian Region.
Manchin is an educator, past president of West Virginia's State Board of Education and the former first lady of West Virginia.
It's not immediately apparent what qualifications Gayle Manchin has for this position, beyond being the wife of Joe Manchin, whose vote could prove crucial for eliminating the filibuster. In fairness, one assumes that, since the Appalachian Regional Commission was created by President Kennedy "to assist in advancing legislation to bring federal dollars to Appalachia," part of it's reason for existing may also be to bring money and patronage jobs to deserving politicans in those 13 states.
If you're interested in Gayle Manchin's qualifications beyond the obvious ...
Gayle Manchin was raised in Beckley, West Virginia and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in language arts and education, and a Master of Arts in reading (now known as the masters in literacy education), from West Virginia University. In 1999, she received a second master's degree in educational technology leadership from Salem International University.
Manchin has worked as a teacher in the Marion County Public School district and a faculty member at Fairmont State University, where she established the university's inaugural Community Service Learning Program.
She has also served as Director of the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Program in West Virginia. Additionally, Machin worked for the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts, where she established the West Virginia Partnerships to Assure Student Success initiative (WV PASS).
Gayle Manchin held the position of First Lady of West Virginia from 2005 until 2010 during her husband's term as the state's governor. During her tenure as First Lady, Manchin simultaneously served as the chairperson of the West Virginia Citizen’s Council on Children and Families and Governor’s Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, co-chair of the Governor’s 21st Century Jobs Cabinet and the Intellectual Infrastructure of Vision Shared, and a member of the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service.
In 2007, Manchin was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Education from 2007 to 2015. She served two terms as the Board of Education's vice president. On July 10, 2013, Manchin was elected President of the West Virginia Board of Education for a two-year term.
In 2016, Manchin was the subject of some controversy when USA Today, a national newspaper, published an article noting that Manchin, upon becoming Board of Education president in 2012, spearheaded a campaign for states to require schools to purchase EpiPens and other medical supplies. Eleven states created laws to require schools to stock EpiPens, made by Mylan pharmaceuticals, leading to a "near monopoly" of Mylan's epinephrine autoinjectorin the school health sector. The article noted the potential for a conflict of interest, as Mylan's CEO, Heather Bresch, is Manchin's daughter.
UPDATE: My wife found this:
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