Wayne Goodwin was elected Insurance Commissioner in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Prior to being elected, Goodwin served as assistant commissioner for four years. He also served in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he represented Richmond, Scotland, Montgomery and Stanly counties for four consecutive terms.
Goodwin focuses on consumer advocacy through fair rate-making, injury-prevention efforts and close regulation of insurance company solvency and industry practices.
Goodwin is the newest member of the North Carolina Council of State, made up of the 10 statewide elected officials. Goodwin also serves as the State Fire Marshal. He is the state chair of Safe Kids North Carolina and a member of numerous commissions and boards.
Goodwin earned a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to graduate from the UNC School of Law and practiced law in Richmond County for 13 years.
Goodwin is a native of Hamlet, NC, where his family was active in agriculture and banking. He and his wife, Melanie Wade Goodwin (who served three terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, from 2005 to 2010), are the proud parents of a daughter, Madison, and a son, Jackson.