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Governor's ex-aide chosen to fill US Senate seat

 West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin speaks during a news conference at the opening of the annual meeting of the National Governors Association, Friday, Ju...
 FILE- This Tuesday July 5, 2009 file photo shows Carte Goodwin, who was West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's General Council, at the Capitol in Charlesto...

Byrds Seat

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin speaks during a news conference at the opening of the annual meeting of the National Governors Association, Friday, Ju...

Byrd Seat

FILE- This Tuesday July 5, 2009 file photo shows Carte Goodwin, who was West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's General Council, at the Capitol in Charlesto...

West Virginia's governor announced Friday that he has chosen a former aide to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Robert C. Byrd.
Gov. Joe Manchin said Carte Goodwin, member of a prominent West Virginia family, will serve in the post. Goodwin served as Manchin's general counsel from 2005 until early 2009, when he left for his family's law firm.
He is expected to take the oath of office on Tuesday.
"I am genuinely confident that Carte Goodwin will look out for West Virginia. I know West Virginia is better off since he's passed this way," Manchin, a Democrat, said during a news conference at the West Virginia Capitol.
Goodwin would hold the seat until November, when the governor wants general election voters to decide who will serve the final two years of Byrd's term. The Legislature has begun a special session to consider a proposal from Manchin to allow for a November vote.
The governor's appointee is not expected to run for the seat. Manchin has said it's highly likely he will, but he has yet to announce his plans. The Republicans' top choice is Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, though she is already seeking a sixth House term.
The likely special election will put another Democratic Senate seat in play this year as the party struggles to retain its majority. Democrats have a 58-41 edge, with Byrd's seat vacant, but are expected to lose seats in November, typical for the president's party in his first midterm elections.
Byrd was the longest-serving senator in history when he died last month at 92. When sworn in next week, 36-year-old Goodwin will become the youngest sitting senator, according to the Senate historian's office. The next youngest, Sen. George LeMieux of Florida, is 41 and the average age of senators is 66.
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Associated Press Staff Writer John Raby in Charleston contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-06-24 08:30 GMT+08:00