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W.Va. Governor Picks Lawyer, His Ex-GC, for Byrd Seat

Posted Jul 19, 2010 6:36 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has picked his former general counsel to fill the Senate seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd.

The Charleston, W.Va., lawyer, 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, will become the youngest member of the Senate, the New York Times reports. He will serve until a special election is held, probably in November. He said at a press conference on Friday that he does not plan to run in that election; Manchin, however, has indicated an interest.

Goodwin was Manchin’s general counsel from 2005 to 2009. An Emory law grad, he works at his family’s law firm, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports.

Before the appointment, speculation about possible picks had included another lawyer, former state Democratic Party chairman Nick Casey.

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