West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd Dead at 92

June 28, 2010

Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 92. Byrd was a fiery orator and hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to his beloved West Virginia.

A spokesman for the family says Byrd died peacefully about 3 a.m. Monday at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. He had been in the hospital since late last week.

At first Byrd was believed to be suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration, but other medical conditions developed. He had been in frail health for several years.

Flags at the Capitol and the White House are flying at half-staff as Washington mourns Byrd's passing.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a fellow West Virginian in the Senate, said it was his "greatest privilege" to serve with Byrd.

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