West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin tapped Goodwin, his 36-year-old former lawyer, as a placeholder after Robert Byrd died. Goodwin is the first U.S. Senator born after 1970; he is sure to resurface in politics after his term expires.
Who is your political hero/inspiration?
Lyndon B. Johnson.
If you weren't working in politics, what would you be doing?
I would be practicing law.
What's the most overlooked issue facing America these days?
The role money plays in politics.
Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
Part of me will always be drawn to public service. Though I am not sure where my path will take me, I know I will always feel connected to serving the public.
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