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Senate to Honor Byrd as Longest-Serving Member of Congress

Two days before his 92nd birthday, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) will be feted on the Senate floor Wednesday when he becomes the longest-serving Member of Congress.Byrd, currently longest-serving Senator and the chamber’s President Pro Tem, will hit the milestone on his 20,774th day of service in Congress.”I am so deeply grateful to the people of the great State of West Virginia for demonstrating such confidence in me and enabling me to reach this momentous milestone,— Byrd said in a statement.Adding of his late wife, Byrd said “My only regret is that my beloved wife, companion and confidant, my dear Erma, is not here with me to witness this wonderful day.—While Members will adopt a resolution honoring Byrd and deliver floor speeches to honor their colleague, West Virginia lawmakers, Congressional staffers and Byrd supporters will mark the occasion in Charleston with a state Capitol ceremony and exhibit in Byrd’s honor.Byrd was elected to the state Legislature at age 30, serving three terms. In 1952, he was elected to the House, and in 1958, he was elected to the Senate. He was re-elected to the Senate eight times, most recently in 2006. Byrd never lost an election, and he made West Virginia history in 1970 when he won each of the state’s 55 counties.“I have strived to provide the people of West Virginia the best representation possible each of the 20,774 days which I have served in the Congress of the United States,— Byrd said in a statement. “From the bottom of my heart I thank each and every West Virginian for the support they have given me during this time, and for putting their trust and faith in me.”

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