West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin was named one of TIMES Most Influential People of 2021.

TIMES released their 100 Most Influential People List on Wednesday and Sen. Manchin was listed under the ‘Leaders’ category list.

U.S Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins wrote up a brief article under Sen. Manchin’s nomination.

My phone rang early the morning after the long 2020 election night. It was Joe Manchin waking me up. He immediately jumped from “congratulations” to discussing how to reinvigorate bipartisanship in Washington. At the time, we did not know that the Senate would be equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, making Joe’s vote the most sought-after in the Senate.

In 2021, Joe is in the midst of every debate. He is front and center on the filibuster issue, the infrastructure­ debate, and issues from voting laws to immigration to taxes and spending, as well as nearly every appointment made by the President. In short, Joe is the go-to-guy in the 50-50 Senate.

Joe believes passionately that bipartisanship leads to the best solutions, and he wants to prove it can still work. As someone who shares his belief in working across the aisle, I always want him on my side.

Senator Susan Collins

Other leaders include Donald Trump, Stacey Abrams, Liz Cheney, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris