Washington (CNN) - Newly sworn-in Sen. Carte Goodwin, D-West Virginia, cast his first vote on Tuesday to end a Republican filibuster of a bill extending unemployment benefits, but the 36 year-old has another pressing issue.
"First and foremost, I need to find a place to live," Goodwin quipped to CNN.
Turning serious, Goodwin added, "My priority every day will be to get up and work as hard as I can to protect West Virginia families."
(CNN) - Carte Goodwin will be sworn in Tuesday afternoon as the new senator from West Virginia, temporarily filling the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
The Democrat is expected to cast a key vote when the U.S. Senate considers extending unemployment benefits later in the day.
A Republican filibuster has prevented Democrats from ending debate on the measure, but with Goodwin's vote and support from two Republicans, Democrats believe they can overcome the GOP maneuver.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, issued the following statement Friday about attorney Carte Goodwin:
“Carte Goodwin is unquestionably among West Virginia’s best and brightest.
“He is widely respected and admired across our state, and has served West Virginia as an attorney, General Counsel to Governor Manchin and Chairman of the West Virginia School Building Authority – working with great character, dignity and professionalism to serve and protect the public good, and always keeping West Virginia families and the challenges they face each day at the very forefront of his thinking.”
[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.