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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said his mother, Mary Manchin, passed away May 12.

“Today, the good Lord brought my dear mother home to rest in eternal peace next to my father,” Manchin said in a statement Monday. “Gayle and I, and our entire family, are saddened by the loss of my beloved mother who touched so many in her life, but we know that she is now in a better place. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said she was sad to hear of the passing of Manchin’s mother.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Manchin. Senator Manchin and I share a very similar Marion County upbringing and we are both from large families. Mary Manchin was an extraordinary woman who raised her children to value hard work, to remain dedicated to their beliefs and ideals, and to never waver in their desire to always do what is right. All of us here in the Secretary of State’s Office are keeping Senator Manchin’s family in our thoughts and prayers today.”

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said Manchin’s mother was an inspiration.

“Mary Manchin was more than an inspirational force upon her children, because at least with our Senator, she taught by example, applying her considerable love for athletics to mold his character, sense of fairness and winning attitude in life. In a state where faith and family mean everything, in the Manchin family, that is exponentially true. Our hearts and prayers go out to our friends, Joe and Gayle Manchin, their family and countless friends as we remember this precious and proud Mother, this gracious daughter of West Virginia.”

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said her heart goes out to the Manchin family.

“My heart goes out to Joe and his entire family on the passing of Mary Manchin,” Capito said. “My family has been friends with the Manchin family for years, and I know Mary was a devoted, nurturing and loving mother. At this very difficult time, I am sending my thoughts and prayers to the Manchin family and encourage West Virginians to do the same.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said he was sad to hear of the news.

“I was very saddened upon hearing of Mary Manchin’s passing," Rockefeller said in a statement. "She was a guiding force in Senator Manchin’s life, an inspiration to her family and totally dedicated to her community and her state. Sharon and I join with West Virginians everywhere in offering our prayers for the entire Manchin family.”