Carte Goodwin

July 16, 2010 by Post Team 

Carte Goodwin:CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin has chosen the former chief counsel Carte Goodwin, a member of a prominent family of West Virginia, to succeed the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.

Manchin announced the appointment of Goodwin Friday during a news conference at the Capitol in West Virginia.

“I’m really convinced that Carte Goodwin will be on West Virginia. I know West Virginia is better since he came here,” Manchin said.

Manchin said the safety seat will always be known as the seat of U.S. Senate Byrd held, but Goodwin is “watch out for West Virginia and work hard for West Virginia.”

Goodwin is expected to be sworn in as Senator on Tuesday.

Charleston’s attorney 36 years old, remain in office until November. It was then that the governor wants voters to the general election to decide who will serve the last two years the mandate of Byrd. The Legislature has begun a special session to consider a proposal to allow voting Manchin autumn.

Byrd was the longest-serving senator in history who died last month at 92. Goodwin, the youngest among those who consider the possible options, Manchin worked in 2004 campaign for governor before becoming chief counsel. He served in that position until shortly after Manchin began his second term in 2009, leaving for law firm of his family.

“We passed that torch to another generation,” said Manchin. “I have been pushing young people to engage in public service. We have passed the torch.”

Watch video of the press conference announcement:

Last year, Manchin Goodwin used to carry an extensive review of the judiciary of the State, amid complaints from business groups and the conflict of interest scandals in the Supreme Court. See U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor served as honorary chairman of the committee without voting rights study.

While Manchin’s general counsel, Goodwin was considered key in the drafting of mine rescue and safety measures adopted after fatal accidents in Sago, West Virginia and Aracoma coal mines in early 2006.

The governor’s former chief of staff for a long time, Larry Puccio, Goodwin credited for his role in that legislation and other major administration policies such as the conversion of the compensation program for workers with problems of the state “in a company private insurance.

“It’s just a brilliant lawyer, and I think it is very detailed and disciplined person,” said Puccio, who had also been considered a potential selection Manchin. “I think it is a rising star, and West Virginia would do well if these people involved in the process. I think much of it.”

Like Byrd, the Goodwins have played an important role in West Virginia public service. Goodwin’s father, who died in April, was president of the West Virginia University Board of Governors. An uncle is a federal judge, while a cousin is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District federal court in the state.

Goodwin already has ties with the West Virginia delegation of the Senate: His wife, Rochelle, is the state director for Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Democrat colleague Byrd. Selection of Governor Rockefeller called “without doubt, among West Virginia’s best and brightest” in a statement on Friday.

“He is highly respected and admired throughout our state … working with great character, dignity and professionalism to serve and protect the public good,” said Rockefeller.

The state Chamber of Commerce, which had urged Manchin to replace Byrd, welcomed the election on Friday.

“Anyone who knows Carte Carte likes, likes to work with him and is extremely competent,” said Chamber President Steve Roberts. “He is someone who will represent West Virginia and Washington, and make us proud.”

The state Republican Party chairman, Doug McKinney, said the Republican Party was interested in the election Manchin only time I was “smart and a representative from West Virginia to represent us before.”

The designated governor is not expected to compete for the job. Manchin has said it is likely he will, but has not yet announced his plans. The best choice of the Republican Party is the representative Shelley Moore Capito, even though she is seeking a sixth term in the House.

The special election is likely to put another Democratic Senate seat in play this year as the party strives to maintain its majority. The Democrats have a 58-41 advantage with Byrd vacancy, but is expected to lose seats in November, typical for the president’s party in his first midterm election.

Watch video of Carte Goodwin on a panel at Georgetown University Law School in January:

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