[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/16/art.goodwin0716.gag.jpg caption ="Carte Goodwin has been chosen to fill the late Robert Byrd’s open Senate seat."](CNN) - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will name Carte Goodwin to fill the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s seat until an election is held, a senior Democratic source tells CNN.
Goodwin, 36, served as Manchin’s general counsel from 2005 until 2009. He is a lawyer in the Charleston law firm Goodwin & Goodwin.
Manchin is expected to officially name Goodwin later this afternoon. A date for a special election still needs to be set, but it could occur as early November 2. Manchin, himself, has expressed interest in running for the seat.
A spokesman for the governor declined to confirm Goodwin’s expected appointment.
Goodwin received his undergraduate degree from Marietta College and his law degree from Emory University.