The Senate

W. Va. Gov Picks Byrd’s Successor

Maybe West Virginia wants a new senator who can serve as long as Robert Byrd did? Its next senator is a young’un: The Associated Press is reporting that West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin will choose his former legal counsel, 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, to fill Robert Byrd’s Senate seat until the special election in November. Goodwin will be the youngest senator presently serving. He served as Manchin’s general counsel from 2005 until early 2009; it's expected that he won't run again in November so that Manchin himself can enter the race. Manchin will announce his decision Friday afternoon.