U.S. Senators Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) applauded last night's unanimous Senate confirmation of R. Booth Goodwin II to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. Goodwin was nominated by President Obama to the position for U.S. Attorney on January 20, 2010 after he received a strong recommendation from both West Virginia Senators. His nomination was unanimously approved the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2010.
"I was proud to have recommended Booth Goodwin as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District. His confirmation and appointment is not a day too early. There are a variety of investigations taking place which require immediate attention -- including the recent mine disaster in Montcoal which took the lives of 29 West Virginia coal miners. I believe the people of the southern coalfields deserve the competent and vigilant representation that Mr. Goodwin will bring to the table. He has some very important work to do, and the Southern District is entitled to the resources they need to see their interests protected," said Byrd.
"I have known Booth Goodwin for many years and cannot think of a better person to fill this important position -- a position responsible for investigations of tremendous significance to Southern West Virginia including the tragic Upper Big Branch mine disaster," said Rockefeller. "His years of service show that he is fighting for the people of West Virginia -- and I know that as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia he will continue to enforce our laws and protect our state's citizens from crime. Mr. Goodwin is more than qualified as a federal prosecutor and I am pleased that the Senate has moved forward on his confirmation."
In addition, Senators Byrd and Rockefeller applauded the Senate's unanimous confirmation of West Virginia's federal U.S. Marshals: John Foster to be United states Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia; and Gary M. Gaskins, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia. Senator Byrd and Senator Rockefeller recommended both Foster and Gaskins to these positions. They were unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2010.
"U.S. Marshals have been protecting this great nation since 1789, and their service has never been more important than it is today. The task of securing the homeland from terrorist attack must be balanced with protecting the public's court officers and buildings and ensuring the effectiveness of our judicial system. West Virginia is fortunate to have the experience and dedication of men like John Foster and Gary Gaskins to fill those roles," Byrd stated.
"In these two men we have almost six decades of law enforcement experience, said Rockefeller. "Whether serving as a West Virginia State Trooper or in the U.S. Marshal Service, John Foster and Gary Gaskins have protected West Virginia communities for their entire careers and I am confident that they will keep serving us with integrity and dedication. I look forward to seeing them take office and I thank them for their willingness to continue their incredibly important and honorable work."