June 28, 2010

USA: Elder Statesman, Robert Byrd, Dead at 92

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WASHINGTON / The Washington Post / Breaking News / June 28, 2010

By Joe Holley
Special to The Washington Post

Robert C. Byrd, 92, a conservative West Virginia Democrat who became the longest-serving member of Congress in history and used his masterful knowledge of the institution to shape the federal budget, protect the procedural rules of the Senate and, above all else, tend to the interests of his state, died at 3 a.m. Monday at Inova Fairfax Hospital, his office said.

Sen. Robert C. Byrd (1917-2010) served in the U.S. Congress longer than any member in history. The nine-term senator assumed office Jan. 3, 1959, after serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Photo: Linda Davidson/Washington Post

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