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Goodwin Gets Seats on Budget, Armed Services, Health Panels

Appointed Sen. Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.) will serve on four committees during his brief stint in Washington.

Goodwin, who was sworn in Tuesday to the seat previously held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), was tapped to serve on the Budget; Armed Services; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Rules and Administration committees.

Byrd served on the Armed Services, Budget and Rules panels, but his coveted spot on the Appropriations Committee was awarded Thursday to Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Brown gave up his seat on the HELP panel for his new assignment, creating an opening on the committee for Goodwin.

“Having the opportunity to work for West Virginia on the issues that really matter to our state — from economic security and balancing the federal budget, to protecting the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for our security, to strengthening our education and health care systems — is a responsibility I take very seriously,” Goodwin said in a statement. “We need to put people back to work and improve the economy in West Virginia and that is my number one priority.”

Goodwin will serve until November, when a special election will be held to select a permanent replacement to serve the remaining two years in Byrd’s term. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), who selected Goodwin as Byrd’s temporary successor, is running in the special election and is heavily favored to win.

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