Senator Robert Byrd (D) of West Virginia has passed away. Byrd was both the longest serving Senator and the oldest Senator in the 111th Congress. He was well know for bringing home the bacon and his membership in the KKK as a young man. WV Governor Joe Manchin III (D) can appoint a temporary successor, but only until an election can be held in November.
FOX News reported:
Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in American history, died Monday at the age of 92, a spokesman for the family said.
Byrd, a Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate since 1959, had been plagued by health problems in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair. He had skipped several votes in Congress in the past months.
Jesse Jacobs, a family spokesman, said Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va.
He was the oldest member of the 111th Congress.