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Sen. Robert Byrd Becomes Longest-Serving Member of Congress

WASHINGTON --- West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd was honored by his political colleagues today as he became the longest-serving
lawmaker in congressional history. Turning 92 years old this week, Byrd has been a member of Congress for 57 years (51 in the Senate). He's cast over 18,000 votes and boasts a 98 percent attendance record.

Byrd surpasses Carl T. Hayden, the Arizona Democrat who served 20,773 days
in the U.S. House and Senate. Byrd, who has been in Washington D.C. for 10 presidents, was a member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan in the
early 1940s, and later called it "the most egregious mistake I've ever


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