From NBC's Doug Adams and Mark Murray
First Read can confirm, per a Democratic source with knowledge of the pick, that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) will select former general counsel Carte Goodwin to fill Robert Byrd's Senate seat until November's special election, in which Manchin is expected to run.
So who is Carte Goodwin?
He is 36 years old and currently a practicing attorney in West Virginia. He served as Manchin's general counsel from 2005-2009. He's thought to be a trusted associate of Manchin, and has known the governor since 2004, when Goodwin worked as a volunteer in his campaign.
Goodwin is also a from a prominent West Virginia family -- his uncle is a federal judge, his cousin a U.S. attorney, and his father (who recently died) had chaired the West Virginia university board of governors. Also, Goodwin's wife, Rochelle, is the state director for soon-to-be colleague -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
Goodwin left office in January of last year to go back into private practice as an attorney. He's currently a partner at his family's law firm based in Charleston, appropriately named Goodwin & Goodwin.
-- General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III, 2005-2009
-- Chairman, School Building Authority Member,
-- Consolidated Public Retirement Board Chairman,
-- Governor's Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations
-- Clerk for the Honorable Robert B. King, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1999-2000
-- Representing clients in civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts.
-- Representing clients in mass and class action litigation.
-- Representing clients in various commercial transactions as well as the formation and organization of business entities.
-- Representing clients in the preparation and registration of federal trademark applications, license agreements and intellectual property litigation.
-- Marietta College, B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude 1996
-- The Emory University School of Law, Doctor of Law, 1999
-- Order of the Coif
-- Executive Notes & Comments Editor, Emory International Law Review
-- Authored "Live, In Concert and Beyond: A New Standard of Contributory Copyright Infringement." 13 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 345 (1999)