CHARLESTON -- Booth Goodwin has been nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia by President Obama.

Goodwin currently is an assistant federal prosecutor, and he is the son of U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is the chief judge for the Southern District.

"I am honored to have been nominated by the President, and I look forward to the next steps in the confirmation process," Goodwin told The Record on Thursday.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller praised Goodwin's nomination.

"I have known Booth for some time and recommended him for U.S. Attorney because I cannot think of a better person to fill this important position," Rockefeller said in a statement. "He has served the people of southern West Virginia honorably for more than eight years as an assistant U.S. Attorney – fighting against corruption, tax evasion, bank robberies, drug distribution and other crimes.

"Booth is respected by his colleagues and our community and I know he will make an outstanding U.S. Attorney –- serving with conviction and courage as he upholds our laws and protects the citizens of West Virginia.

"I look forward to following his nomination through the Senate process and I hope for a quick confirmation so he can get on the job and continue his work helping so many West Virginians."

Goodwin is a native of Ripley and has served for more than eight years as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from West Virginia University and a law degree from Washington & Lee University. Goodwin lives in Charleston with his wife Amy and sons Joe and Sam.

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