Landrieu Mourns the Passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd

June 29, 2010

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today mourned the death of West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd. Casting more than 18,500 votes, Sen. Byrd’s 51 years of service in the U.S. Senate was the longest in American history.

Sen. Landrieu said:

“My family and I were saddened to learn of the passing of one of the Senate’s giants, Robert Byrd. I will remember Sen. Byrd as a fierce defender of the Constitution, master of Senate procedure and a proud fighter for West Virginia and its rural heritage. More than just a colleague, he was a mentor. Sen. Byrd taught me – and everyone who had the honor of serving with him – never to apologize for standing up for your state.

“Louisiana has lost a true friend. Through storms and floods, Sen. Byrd made sure that promises made to the Gulf Coast, particularly to Louisiana, were not broken. He kept an eye on the fair and just distribution of funds to Gulf Coast states, and I and everyone I represent will always be grateful for his dedication to our recovery.

“As we reflect on Sen. Byrd’s remarkable life and career, our prayers are with the Byrd family. But we all take comfort in knowing while he leaves behind one of his great loves – the Senate – he is finally going home to be with his greatest love – Erma.”

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