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Carte Patrick Goodwin (born February 27, 1974) is an American attorney who served as a United States Senator from West Virginia in 2010. A member of the Democratic Party, he was appointed by Governor Joe Manchin on July 16, 2010, as a placeholder to fill the vacancy created by the death of Robert Byrd. He chose to not run in the special election on November 2, 2010, and was replaced by Manchin to serve the remaining two years in Byrd's term. His term expired on November 15, 2010, when Manchin was sworn in. He is the current youngest living former Senator.

Carte Goodwin
Carte Goodwin Official Photo.jpg
United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
July 16, 2010 – November 15, 2010
Appointed byJoe Manchin
Preceded byRobert Byrd
Succeeded byJoe Manchin
Personal details
Carte Patrick Goodwin

(1974-02-27) February 27, 1974 (age 45)
Mount Alto, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rochelle Goodwin
EducationMarietta College (BA)
Emory University (JD)

Before his appointment as United States Senator, he served as Manchin's Chief Counsel, before returning to his private practice as an attorney. He also served as the Chairman of the West Virginia School Building Authority, and as Chair of the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform. In 2008, he was named one of the "Ten Most Successful Young Executives in West Virginia" by Executive magazine;[1] and in 2010, Time named him one of the rising stars of American politics under 40, in their list of "40 under 40".[2]

Early life, education, and careerEdit

Goodwin was born on February 27, 1974 to Ellen (née Gibson) and Stephen Patrick Goodwin, and was raised in rural Mount Alto, West Virginia.[3] Goodwin graduated from Ripley High School in 1992, and graduated magna cum laude from Marietta College in 1996 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.[4] In 1999 Goodwin earned his Juris Doctor from Emory University Law School, graduating a member of the Order of the Coif.[5]

After graduating from law school, Goodwin clerked for the 4th Circuit Judge Robert King from 1999 to 2000.[6][7] In 2000 Goodwin joined his family's law firm, Goodwin & Goodwin, working there until 2005.[8] Goodwin rejoined the firm in 2009.[9] Goodwin is an attorney at Frost Brown Todd.[10][11]

Political careerEdit

Goodwin with fellow West Virginia Senator, Jay Rockefeller

In 2004 Goodwin worked on then-Secretary of State, Joe Manchin's successful campaign for Governor.[12] Goodwin was appointed Chairman of the West Virginia School Building Authority by Manchin, and later served as his Chief Counsel from 2005 to 2009.[13]

As the Governor's counsel, Goodwin assisted in the drafting of mine rescue and security measures, sparked by fatal accidents in the Aracoma and Sago Mines.[12] In June 2009, Manchin appointed Goodwin Chairman of the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform, which studied the need for changes in the judicial system in West Virginia.[14][15] Also serving in the commission, as honorary Chairwoman, was former Supreme Court Associate Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor.[16]

In 2011, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appointed Goodwin to a two-year term as a Commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission.[17] Goodwin is often speculated as a candidate for statewide office in West Virginia.

U.S. SenateEdit

On July 16, 2010, Manchin appointed Goodwin to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Robert Byrd, until a special election could choose a permanent successor.[18] At his appointment to Byrd's seat, Manchin fittingly stated they had "passed this torch to another generation,"[5][19] with Goodwin becoming the youngest Senator, and Byrd previously being the oldest one.[20] Goodwin stated that he would not seek election to the seat in his own right, and that he would leave office once a new senator had been elected.[21] Observers suggested that Goodwin had been appointed as a placeholder for Manchin, who subsequently won the special election to complete Byrd's term.[2][22]

Before being sworn into office Goodwin broke with Senate Democrats, stating he would not support their cap-and-trade bill.[23] Goodwin was sworn into the Senate on July 20, 2010, and quickly joined with fellow Democrats to pass an extension of unemployment benefits, an effort they previously were unable to pass due to Republican filibuster.[24][25] Goodwin voted to confirm Elena Kagan as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.[26]

His term expired on November 15, 2010, when Manchin was sworn in.[27] During his short tenure, Goodwin served on the following committees:[28][29]

Personal lifeEdit

Goodwin's wife Rochelle worked for West Virginia's U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, as his state director.[30] Together they have two children, a son, Wesley and a daughter, Anna.[31]

Goodwin was mentioned as a possible candidate to run to succeed Senator Jay Rockefeller, who chose not to run for re-election in 2014.[32] However, in an interview with WV MetroNews Goodwin said he had no intention of running, citing family concerns.[33]

Goodwin comes from a prominent West Virginia political family.[31] His late father chaired the West Virginia University board of directors.[30] His uncle, Joseph Robert Goodwin, is Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.[34] His cousin, Booth Goodwin, was appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia by President Barack Obama.[35][36] Booth Goodwin's wife, Amy Shuler Goodwin, is the mayor of Charleston, West Virginia and, prior to her election, served as a spokesperson for West Virginia Governors Bob Wise and Earl Ray Tomblin.[37][38].[39]


  1. ^ Steven Hoffer (July 16, 2010). "Carte Goodwin: 6 Things to Know About W.Va.'s New Senator". AOL News. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "40 Under 40". Time. October 14, 2010.
  3. ^ "Stephen Goodwin". Parkersburg News and Sentinel. April 23, 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "Senate profile". United States Senate. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Emory Law Grad Tapped to Fill Senate Seat". Emory University School of Law. July 20, 2010. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  6. ^ Chris Geidner (July 16, 2010). "With West Virginia Senate Pick, DADT Is On Their Minds". Metro Weekly. Archived from the original on July 19, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Tom Perry (2010). "Carte Goodwin '96 selected to fill the late Robert Byrd's W.Va. Senate seat". Marietta College. Retrieved January 10, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Attorneys: Carte P. Goodwin". Goodwin & Goodwin. Archived from the original on 2012-11-29. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Carte Goodwin to speak at Greater Greenbrier Chamber Annual Meeting". Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce. March 7, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
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  12. ^ a b "Carte Goodwin Appointed To Fill Robert Byrd's West Virginia Senate Seat (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. July 16, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  13. ^ Heather Niday (July 16, 2010). "Governor Manchin Chooses Former Counsel Carte Goodwin As Temporary Appointee To Fill Senate Seat". West Virginia Mountain Radio. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Chris Dickerson (November 16, 2009). "Judicial Reform panel submits report". West Virginia Record. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Lawrence Messina (September 29, 2009). "Panel Continues Looking at Reforming WV Judicial System". Associated Press. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  16. ^ Sara Payne Scarbro (June 15, 2009). "Governor Makes Appointments To Independent Judicial Reform". West Archived from the original on November 10, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  17. ^ "USCC Commissioners Page: Carte Goodwin". United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  18. ^ Joseph Weber (July 16, 2009). "W.Va. governor appoints ex-adviser to Byrd's Senate seat". Washington Times. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  19. ^ "Manchin names Carte Goodwin to replace Sen. Byrd". CNN. July 16, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  20. ^ Brian Thompson (June 28, 2010). "With Byrd's Death, NJ's Lautenberg Becomes Senate's Oldest Member". NBC New York. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  21. ^ Stephanie Condon (July 16, 2010). "Carte Goodwin Clears Path for Senate to Extend Unemployment Benefits". CBS News. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  22. ^ Dan Amira (July 16, 2010). "Carte Goodwin, 36, Gets to Be a Senator for a Few Months". New York Magazine.
  23. ^ Darren Samuelsohn (July 16, 2010). "Carte Goodwin says no to cap on emissions". Politico. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  24. ^ Ken Rudin (July 20, 2010). "Goodwin (D-W.Va.) Sworn In, Dems End GOP Filibuster On Unemployment Benefits". NPR. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  25. ^ "Interim senator from West Virginia to take oath in time for key vote". CNN. July 20, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  26. ^ "Sen. Goodwin to vote to confirm Kagan". Associated Press. August 5, 2010. Archived from the original on August 8, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  27. ^ Sonmez, Felicia (15 Nov 2010). "Delaware's Coons, West Virginia's Manchin sworn in as U.S. senators". Washington Post. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  28. ^ "Panel Seats For Goodwin Announced". National Journal. July 23, 2010. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  29. ^ "Committee and Subcommittee Assignments for the 111th Congress". United States Government Printing Office. October 1, 2010.
  30. ^ a b "So who is Carte Goodwin?". NBC. July 16, 2010. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  31. ^ a b Rivard, Ry (August 12, 2010). "Senator Goodwin welcomes new baby". Charleston Daily Mail. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  32. ^ Sean Sullivan (January 11, 2013). "Rockefeller's retirement boosts GOP hopes in West Virginia". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  33. ^ Hoppy Kercheval (February 20, 2013). "Carte Goodwin out for 2014". WV MetroNews. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  34. ^ Joseph Robert Goodwin at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  35. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (January 20, 2010). "President Obama Nominates Five to Serve as U.S. Attorneys". Archived from the original on January 24, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  36. ^ Clevenger, Andrew (June 25, 2010). "Goodwin sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Southern W.Va". The Charleston Gazette. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  37. ^ Charleston Daily Mail
  38. ^'sCommunicationsOffice.aspx
  39. ^ Amy Goodwin sworn in as mayor of Charleston

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