Monday, June 28, 2010

West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd Dies at 92

Longtime U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) died monday at 92. He served in the U.S. Senate since 1958, a span of 52 years.

Byrd held a wide variety of both liberal and conservative political views. He has also held many leadership positions: Senate Conference Secretary, Majority Whip, Minority Leader and twice Majority Leader.

Byrd joined the Ku Klux Klan when he was 24 in 1942, which he says was one of biggest regrets. His local chapter unanimously elected him the top officer of their unit.

In 1952, Byrd was elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives for West Virginia's 6th district.

Byrd opposed the 2002 law creating the Department of Homeland Security, saying it ceded too much authority to the executive branch & opposed the Iraq War.

Governor Joe Machin, democratic governor of West Virginia will appoint someone to fill that seat & in my opinion, he should appoint nimself to that seat & run for a full term in 2012.

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