Emory Law Grad Tapped to Fill Senate Seat
Emory Law alumnus Carte Goodwin 99L was appointed by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Robert Byrd. Goodwin was sworn in Tuesday, July 20.
Goodwin, 36, is the youngest person serving in the Senate. At a press conference announcing the appointment, Manchin said Goodwin’s appointment was a fitting way to replace Byrd, who at 92 was the oldest member of the Senate. He said we have “passed this torch to another generation.”
“I am very proud to appoint Carte to the United States Senate,” Manchin said. “Regardless of whoever occupies this seat now and in the future, it will always be known as West Virginia’s United States Senate Seat that was occupied for nearly 52 years by our beloved, faithful public servant, Robert C. Byrd. However, I am truly confident that Carte Goodwin will look out for West Virginia and he will make us proud.”
Goodwin is an attorney with the West Virginia law firm of Goodwin & Goodwin LLP. His practice includes commercial litigation, appellate advocacy and intellectual property. Goodwin served from 2005 to 2009 as general counsel to Manchin and also chaired the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations.
“I want to thank the governor for entrusting me with this awesome responsibility,” Goodwin said. “In turn, it is now my responsibility to work every day to earn the trust of my fellow West Virginians.”
Before working in the governor’s office, Goodwin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. He graduated Order of the Coif from Emory Law and received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Marietta College in Ohio.
“I cannot begin to replace Senator Byrd, nor can I hope to ever fill his shoes,” Goodwin said. “But what I can do is emulate his work ethic and his commitment to West Virginia.”
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