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State lawmaker gives birth to son

Posted May 2, 2008

— State Rep. Melanie Goodwin made history with a new addition to her family.

Goodwin gave birth Friday morning to Jackson Wade Goodwin at Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham. A spokeswoman for the Goodwins said mother and baby are doing fine.

Melanie Goodwin and her husband, Wayne, already have a young daughter.

The Goodwins say she is the first state lawmaker to give birth while holding office, and officials at the General Assembly have found no information to contradict the claim.

It was unclear whether Melanie Goodwin will return to her legislative duties before the General Assembly reconvenes May 13.

Wayne Goodwin is running for insurance commissioner in next week's Democratic primary.

Melanie Goodwin is running unopposed for a third House term to represent Montgomery and Richmond counties.


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  • mommy2caroline May 2, 2008

    Paid maternity leave is pretty much a given in most government jobs if you work full time. I would hate to think I was expected to be back at work 2 weeks later!

  • RaleighRob May 2, 2008

    Wake1- your comment makes no sense. Have you never heard of paid maternity leave? It's a pretty common benefit in many professional careers. Where have you been the last 3 decades?

  • Wake1 May 2, 2008

    Politics - the only job where you can get paid & take off as much time as you need to pursue other interests or activities - what a scam!!

  • Iquana May 2, 2008

    He was born just in time to vote in the primary thanks to one stop voting.

  • Lady May 2, 2008

    I think it's kind of cute.

  • Squirreling Dervish May 2, 2008

    the woman had a kid. Woopdido.

  • PeteM May 2, 2008

    "made history"???

  • OLD PIRATE 2 May 2, 2008

    And this is news worthy...Isn't this 2008?