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Manchin, Rahall Mark Fourth Anniversary Of Byrd's Passing

Reported by: Send eMail Heath Harrison
Reported: Jun. 27, 2014 5:43 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 28, 2014 10:03 PM EDT
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Two members of West Virginia's Congressional delegation paid their respects Friday to U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd to mark the fourth anniversary of his death this weekend.

Byrd, whose decades in Washington made him the longest serving senator in the nation’s history, served six years as the Democratic Party’s majority leader in the chamber. He died June 28, 2010 at the age of 92.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who currently serves in the seat Byrd held, said Byrd was the greatest statesman in West Virginia history.

“In the 151 years of West Virginia’s history, our state has had no greater, more devoted and more beloved statesman than the legendary Senator Robert. C. Byrd, whose life was lost four years ago,” Manchin said in a statement. “Over the past four years, the people of the Mountain State have felt the loss of this great man, who made monumental contributions not only to our state, but to the American Congress and to the entire nation by serving for 57 years in Washington. His influence truly improved the lives of so many.”

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall spoke of Byrd’s ability to bring federal funds to the Mountain State. As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the senator was able to put a focus on West Virginia for government project.

“The years since Senator Byrd’s passing have not diminished his extraordinary achievements for our State,” Rahall said in a news release. “He surely is looking down upon the fruits of his labors with great satisfaction. He and I worked hand in hand as partners to develop our State’s infrastructure - highways, bridges, locks and dams, water and wastewater, airports, and our colleges and universities that continue to strengthen our economy and our communities and improve our quality of life.”



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