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Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving Member of Congress, Dies at 92

Posted By admin On June 28, 2010 @ 4:13 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Jim O’Connell
Bloomberg [1]
June 28, 2010

Robert Byrd [2], the U.S. senator who set records for longevity in Congress while becoming known for his powerful oratory and mastery of legislative rules and traditions, has died. He was 92.

Byrd’s death was confirmed by spokesman Jesse Jacobs [3] today in a phone interview. Byrd was hospitalized last week for heat exhaustion and dehydration.

The death of Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, leaves the Democrats in the Senate with 59 votes, one shy of the number necessary to overcome Republican opposition to financial regulatory reform and the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan [4]. However, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin [5], a Democrat, will appoint a replacement for Byrd, leaving the seat in Democratic hands.

The longest-serving member of Congress in history, with six years in the House followed by 51 years in the Senate, Byrd was a throwback to the days when lawmakers delivered fist-pounding speeches and unapologetically steered money to their home state.

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[1] Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-28/robert-byrd-longest-serving-u-s-senator-dies-at-92.html

[2] Robert Byrd: http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Robert%20Byrd&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1&partialfields=-wnnis:NOAVSYND&lr=-lang_ja

[3] Jesse Jacobs: http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Jesse%20Jacobs&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1&partialfields=-wnnis:NOAVSYND&lr=-lang_ja

[4] Elena Kagan: http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Elena%20Kagan&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=en10_wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1&partialfields=-wnnis:NOAVSYND&lr=-lang_ja

[5] Joe Manchin: http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Joe%20Manchin&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1&partialfields=-wnnis:NOAVSYND&lr=-lang_ja

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[7] Byrd: Obama in power grab: http://www.prisonplanet.com/byrd-obama-in-power-grab.html

[8] Clinton, Obama Defend Byrd’s Ku Klux Klan Membership: http://www.prisonplanet.com/clinton-obama-defend-byrds-ku-klux-klan-membership.html

[9] Every Single Republican Congress Member Has Now Co-Sponsored Bill to Audit the Fed… Democrats, Its Up To You: http://www.prisonplanet.com/every-single-republican-congress-member-has-now-co-sponsored-bill-to-audit-the-fed-democrats-its-up-to-you.html

[10] Joe Manchin: Media will ‘put up pictures of dead children’ to sway gun-control votes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/joe-manchin-media.html

[11] ‘Even though we’re completely wrong we’re still totally right,’ Britain’s longest-serving Environment Correspondent graciously concedes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/even-though-were-completely-wrong-were-still-totally-right-britains-longest-serving-environment-correspondent-graciously-concedes.html

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