Meet Wayne Goodwin
Wayne Goodwin is a Hamlet native, the son of a farmer and textile mill worker/elementary school teacher’s assistant.
Valedictorian of Richmond County’s public high school, Wayne graduated a Morehead Scholar with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill, then earned his UNC law degree.
While helping injured workers and families with insurance claims, voters elected him in 1996 as their State Representative in the General Assembly. For eight years Wayne fought for public education, economic development, public safety, clean water and air, election law improvements, and a healthcare bill of rights.
After four elected terms, he served four years as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Insurance Commissioner. Voters in 2008 then elected Wayne as only our 10th state Insurance Commissioner since 1899.
During two terms as Commissioner, Wayne saved North Carolinians $2.4 Billion, ordered $206 Million in refunds, and fought insurance industry special interests, achieving record low rates for auto insurance. He helped implement the Affordable Care Act and fought insurance fraud with 1500 arrests.
Afterwards, Wayne launched his fourth successful small business and traveled the country participating in insurance regulatory conferences and consumer protection panels, learning about best practices and advocating for consumer protection and affordable, accessible insurance options, and served on several boards of directors, relying on his experiences as a former public official, insurance regulator, lawyer, and businessperson.
Wayne is married to former State Representative Melanie Wade Goodwin, and together have two children, Madison and Jackson, and their pet dog, Coco. They are members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church.