June 28, 2010

SO ISN'T THE CENTRAL POINT OF HIS CAREER...:

Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92 (ADAM CLYMER, 6/28/10, NY Times)

Mr. Byrd served 51 years in the Senate, longer than anyone in American history, and with his six years in the House, he was the longest-serving member of Congress. He held a number of Senate offices, including majority and minority leader and president pro tem.

But the post that gave him the most satisfaction was chairman of the Appropriations Committee, with its power of the purse — a post he gave up only last year as his health declined. A New Deal Democrat, Mr. Byrd used the position in large part to battle persistent poverty in West Virginia, which he called “one of the rock bottomest of states.”


...that he managed to keep them at the bottom via his methods despite 5 decades of power?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2010 5:30 AM
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