Carte Goodwin was appointed to fill Robert C. Byrd’s seat in the U.S. Senate following Byrd’s death on June 28, 2010. Governor Joe Manchin appointed Goodwin to the seat until a special election could be held to fill the seat. Manchin defeated John Raese in the special election. After taking the oath of office on July 20, 2010, Goodwin, a Democrat, became the nation’s youngest senator. He quickly joined with other Democrats to approve an extension of unemployment benefits.
Goodwin was born February 27, 1974, in Mount Alto. He received his bachelor’s degree from Marietta College and his law degree from Emory University School of Law. He was in private practice before joining the staff of Governor Manchin, where he served as general counsel. He returned to private practice following his stint in the U.S. Senate.
Goodwin comes from a family of prominent lawyers and state officials. Goodwin’s uncle is Joseph Robert Goodwin, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. His aunt is Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. His cousin is Booth Goodwin, the United States attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Last Revised on May 10, 2013