|Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party|
|Assumed office |
February 11, 2017
|Preceded by||Patsy Keever|
|Insurance Commissioner of North Carolina|
January 10, 2009 – January 1, 2017
|Preceded by||James E. Long|
|Succeeded by||Mike Causey|
|Born||February 22, 1967|
Hamlet, North Carolina, U.S.
|Education||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA, JD)|
George Wayne Goodwin is a North Carolina politician and current chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party. He was elected North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance in the 2008 election and re-elected in 2012. He was defeated in his bid for a third term in 2016. However, he quickly rebounded and was elected on February 11, 2017 as Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party on the first ballot with 92% of the vote among four candidates.
Goodwin previously served as a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's sixty-eighth House district, including constituents in Richmond and Stanly counties. His prior district — the 32nd House district — also included Scotland and Montgomery Counties.
After serving as President of the Young Democrats of North Carolina, Goodwin served four full terms in the North Carolina state House. Goodwin campaigned as the Democratic nominee for the position of North Carolina Commissioner of Labor in the 2004 election, losing in a close race to incumbent Republican Cherie Berry.
Goodwin served as the Assistant Commissioner of Insurance and Assistant State Fire Marshal for the State of North Carolina from 2005 through 2008. In 2008, Goodwin filed to run for Commissioner of Insurance after the surprise retirement of longtime Commissioner Jim Long. Goodwin defeated David Smith in the Democratic primary 56%–43% and went on to beat Republican John Odom and Libertarian Mark McMains with 51.57% of the vote. Goodwin won re-election in the 2012 general contest by almost four percentage points.
He was a candidate for re-election in 2016. After losing the general election, Goodwin announced that he would run for chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. With the support of 92% of ballots cast, he was elected to lead the state party on Feb. 11, 2017.
Personal life and non-profit work
Goodwin was a Morehead Scholar and US Senate/William Randolph Hearst Scholar. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and then went on to graduate from the UNC School of Law. He is married to Melanie Wade Goodwin. They have two children.
|North Carolina House of Representatives 32nd District Election, 1996|
|North Carolina House of Representatives 32nd District Election, 1998|
|Democratic||Wayne Goodwin (inc.)||9,633||100.00|
|North Carolina House of Representatives 32nd District Election, 2000|
|Democratic||Wayne Goodwin (inc.)||13,417||100.00|
|North Carolina House of Representatives 68th District Election, 2002|
|Democratic||Wayne Goodwin (inc.)||10,393||55.86|
|Republican||George Crump, III||7,833||42.10|
|North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Election, 2004|
|Republican||Cherie Berry (inc.)||1,723,004||52.09|
|North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance Democratic Primary Election, 2008|
|North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance Election, 2008|
|North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Wayne Goodwin (inc.)||2,226,344||51.86|
- WRAL: Goodwin wins NC insurance commissioner race
- New York Times
- [ Long not running for re-election | newsobserver.com projects]
- "NC Primary Election Results 2008". NC State Board of Elections. Missing or empty
- "NC General Election Results 2008". NC State Board of Elections. Missing or empty
- WRAL.com: NC Democrats again seeking new party leader
- WRAL: NC Democratic Party elects Wayne Goodwin as chair
James E. Long
| Insurance Commissioner of North Carolina
|Party political offices|
| Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party