Monday, June 28, 2010

Senator Robert Byrd passes away

Robert Byrd was a powerful senator in West Virgina, one of the poorer states in the US.  For 2007, Byrd was deemed the fourteenth-most powerful U.S. Senator, as well as the twelfth most powerful Democratic Senator.

He was greatly responsible for the excellent highway system in WV and also moved a lot of federal facilities into the state to create jobs.

Byrd was  a repentant Dixiecrat. He was once  a member of the  KKK and even filibustered the Civil right s Act of 1964. But unlike many of his southern peers, he remained a Democrat.

A firm believer in continuing education — vocational schools, community colleges, adult education — Mr. Byrd practiced what he preached.

While in the U.S. House from 1953 to 1959, he took night classes at law schools. He received a law degree from American University in 1963 and is the only member of Congress to put himself through law school while in office.


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