W.Va. Officials Pay Tribute To Long-Serving Byrd

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Beneath a life-sized statue of history's longest-serving U.S. lawmaker, West Virginia officials were paying tribute to Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Gov. Joe Manchin told a crowd of more than 200 in the state Capitol Wednesday that West Virginians have never lost confidence in the senior senator, who has been in Congress since 1953, with the last five decades spent in the Senate.

Manchin said Byrd was the first politician to ever win a majority of votes in all 55 counties in a contested election.

Manchin says that proves Byrd's appeal to democrats, republicans and independent voters alike.

The tribute to Byrd includes an exhibit in the Capitol.

Photos from throughout his career sit alongside pieces of memorabilia, including his famous fiddle.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Votem Out Location: around on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:30 PM
    Well, no more monies for WV! Rocky sure can't bring home the bacon, and he may be voted out anyway. Think about all the things WV wouldn't have without Sen. Byrd's service. We would be worse off, no matter what your politics are, you have to agree.
  • by JD Location: Marietta on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    Now that he's set the record, can he do us all a favor and retire. He's sick and/or absent as much as he's present and voting his liberal little heart out.
  • by mac on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    thank you for your service
  • by Leo Location: P-burg on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    West Virginia will probably not have a senator reperesenting them for a long time that has had as much power and influence as Sen. Byrd
  • by Joe Location: Parkersburg on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    Retire Grand Wizard Byrd
  • by Virginia Location: St. Marys on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    Thank you for doing the best for West Virginia
  • by Brian Location: Parkersburg on Nov 18, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    Thank you Senator Byrd
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