Robert Byrd Dead

Dana Bash, CNN’s senior congressional correspondent tweets, “sad news this early morning. Senator Robert C Byrd, titan of the US Senate, has died at age 92.

MSNBC is also reporting Byrd’s death:

Byrd, 92, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1952 and served six years there before moving to the U.S. Senate.

In November, Byrd broke the record for congressional service that had been set by Democrat Carl Hayden of Arizona, who served in the House and Senate from 1912 to 1969.

Byrd has been in frail health in recent years and was hospitalized three times in 2009. He has been confined to a wheelchair, but was present and voted “yes” for final Senate passage of the health care reform bill in March.


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  • Jack

    I caught something on Fox this PM regarding this death.  According to Brett Bair an appointment by the governor to fill his seat will require a new election in November 2010 because his death was four days short of a deadline that would let the new appointment sit until 2012.


    Here comes the tea party and “look out now”.

  • MaryT

    What ever will the voters of W.V do, they will have to make an intelligent decision next senate election. Perhaps they better set up voting instructions for when Byrd is not on the ballot.
    The democratic govenor will appoint a democrat to fill out his term.

  • beentheredonethat

    “So another Klansman shuffles off this mortal coil”.

    That could be a well deserved obituary. Short and to the point.

  • Joe

    So another Klansman shuffles off this mortal coil. My sentiments lie along the lines of good riddance to bad rubbish but that’s not very charitable. What always fascinates me is how the Democrats get away with tarring the Republicans with racism when the Democrat’s elder statesman was Robert Byrd. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised as I find most racist and haters tend to vote for the leftist party.