West Virginians will fete Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) next week, when the 91-year-old lawmaker becomes the longest-serving Member of Congress.
Byrd, already the Senate’s longest-serving Member and its President Pro Tem, will hit the milestone on Wednesday, coincidentally just two days before his 92nd birthday.
“Sen. Byrd is a man of the people who fights tirelessly for us every single day in Washington,— West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) said in a release announcing the celebration. “West Virginians are so thankful for Sen. Byrd’s service to our state and this ceremony gives us an opportunity to applaud his efforts.
State and local lawmakers, Congressional staffers and Byrd supporters will mark the occasion in Charleston, W.Va., with a state Capitol ceremony and exhibit in Byrd’s honor. Byrd is unlikely to attend.