Carte Goodwin

Oldest U.S. senator replaced by handsome young man

The late Robert Byrd's temporary replacement will be, temporarily, the youngest member of the Senate


Alex Pareene
July 16, 2010 11:17PM (UTC)

Our newest, hottest interim U.S. senator is Carte Goodwin of West Virginia. The 36-year-old attorney from a well-connected family will be the youngest member of the Senate, America's inexplicably powerful House of Lords. He replaces the oldest senator, Robert Byrd, who died last month after being a frail 90-something for what felt like decades.

And this Goodwin is quite the looker! It is not yet known if he has a truck, but this young blood may be all the Democrats need to turn their political fortunes around. Conservatives are already reeling (K-Lo: "is scott brown dethroned?") -- and although Goodwin will only serve while Governor Joe Manchin prepares to run for the seat himself this November, presumably West Virginia's other Senator, 73-year-old Jay Rockefeller, will also retire or pass on at some point (probably 2030 or so), and as long as Goodwin is still handsome, I think the seat is his.

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Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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