ENG: Carte Patrick Goodwin (born February 27, 1974) is an American politician and attorney who served as a United States Senator from West Virginia. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Goodwin was appointed by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin on July 16, 2010, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Robert Byrd. Goodwin took the oath of office on July 20, 2010. Manchin won the special election on November 2, 2010, to serve the remaining two years in Byrd's term. Goodwin's Senate term expired on November 15, 2010, when Manchin was sworn in. He is now the youngest living former Senator.Before his appointment as United States Senator, Goodwin served as Governor Manchin's chief counsel during his first term in office, before leaving to return to his private practice as an attorney. Goodwin also served as the chairman of the West Virginia School Building Authority, under Manchin, and as chair of the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform. A native of Mount Alto, West Virginia, Goodwin graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, before moving to Charleston, West Virginia with his family.
Time named Goodwin one of the rising stars of American politics under 40, in their list of ″40 under 40″.
Early life and education
Goodwin was born to Ellen Carte (née Gibson) and Stephen Patrick Goodwin, and raised in rural Mount Alto, West Virginia. Goodwin graduated from Ripley High School in 1992. Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Marietta College in 1996 where he earned a B.A.
in Philosophy. While at Marietta, Goodwin joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He then attended Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, graduating in 1999. Goodwin is a member of the honor society Order of the Coif.
After graduating from law school, Goodwin clerked for 4th Circuit Judge Robert King. In 2000 he joined the family law firm, Goodwin & Goodwin, which was founded shortly after the end of World War II, working there until 2005.
He rejoined the firm in 2009.
Goodwin served as Governor Joe Manchin's chief counsel during Manchin's first term in office from 2005 to 2009, leaving to return to private practice. He was at one time the chairman (appointed by Manchin) of the West Virginia School Building Authority.
In June 2009, Manchin appointed Goodwin chair of the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform, which studied the need for changes in the judicial system in West Virginia.
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. 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. Observers suggested that Goodwin had been appointed as a placeholder for Manchin, who subsequently ran for the seat and won the special election to complete Byrd's term.
Goodwin was sworn into the Senate on July 20, 2010, and quickly joined with fellow Democrats to pass an extension of unemployment benefits.
Goodwin has been mentioned as a possible candidate for U.S.
Representative from West Virginia, as a challenger to Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
Goodwin's wife Rochelle works for West Virginia's now-senior U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, as Rockefeller's state director. The Goodwins have two children, a son, Wes and a daughter, Anna.
In 2008, Goodwin was named one of the "Ten Most Successful Young Executives in West Virginia" by Executive magazine.
Many of Goodwin's family members are lawyers. His uncle is Joseph Robert Goodwin, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. His late father chaired the West Virginia University board of governors. His cousin, R. Booth Goodwin, was appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia by President Barack Obama.