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Robert C. Byrd

Robert Carlyle Byrd was an American lawyer, politician, and former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan who served as a United States Senator from West Virginia for over 51 years, from 1959 until his death in 2010. A Democrat, Byrd also served as a U.S. Representative for six years, from 1953 until 1959. He remains the longest-serving U.S. Senator in history; he was the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress until surpassed by Representative John Dingell of Michigan. Byrd is the only West Virginian to have served in both chambers of the state legislature and in both chambers of Congress. Wikipedia*

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Robert C. Byrd has 1,703 videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1983 Senate Committee. The year with the most videos was 1988 with 212 videos. The year with the highest average number of views per program was 2009 with an average of 1,518 views per program. Most appearances with Bob Dole (13), Jim Wright Jr. (11), Ted Kennedy (8). Most common tags: Federal Budget, Senate, Congress.

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U.S. Senator, D-WV January 1, 1959 - June 28, 2010 Videos: 1,700 U.S. Representative, D-WV 6th January 3, 1953 - August 24, 1958 Videos: 0

Recent Appearances

  • Mine Safety, Experts Panel

    Mine Safety, Experts Panel

    Mine safety officials testified on proposals to invest in mine safety programs, focusing on efforts to prevent mine disasters.…

  • Mine Safety, Company Panel

    Mine Safety, Company Panel

    Don Blankenship and Cecil Roberts testified about the April 5, 2010 explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine, as well as the company’s…

  • Senate Session

    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for a period of morning business with two hours of tributes to Senator Robert Byrd. Thereafter the…

  • Senator Robert Byrd on Congressional Service

    Senator Robert Byrd on Congressional Service

    On November 18, 2009, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) became the longest serving Member of Congress having served in the House…

  • Senate Session

    Senate Session

    The Senate voted to proceed to the unemployment benefits extension bill and also confirmed Irene Berger to be U.S. district…

  • Senate Session

    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for a period of morning business and thereafter returned to debate on the fiscal year 2010 Defense…

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Past Elections

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