Robert C. Byrd, 1917 – 2010

Robert Carlyle Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in United
States history, who spent much of his career as a conservative Democrat
and ended it by fiercely opposing the war in Iraq and questioning the
state's powerful coal industry, died Monday. He was 92.

He was a true champion for the state and its people. He will be missed and mourned. Let's hope whoever takes his place will follow in his courage to confront the tough issues of the day, whether war, health care or climate change, that will move this country and state forward.

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