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Robert Byrd DEAD: Senator Dies At Age 92 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

First Posted: 06/28/10 09:54 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:55 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP)- Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, has died at age 92.

Spokesman Jesse Jacobs says Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. Monday at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

Byrd was elected to the Senate in 1958, after spending six years in the House. He was the Senate majority leader for six years during the late 1970s and 1980s and was third in the line of succession for the presidency. As either chairman or the senior Democrat on the Appropriations Committee for 20 years, he steered billions of dollars in federal spending to West Virginia.

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In this Sept. 19, 1960 file photo, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., second right, is welcomed by, from left, West Virginia Sens. Robert C. Byrd and Jennings Randolph and State Attorney General and Democratic nominee for governor, W.W. Barron, extreme right, as Kennedy arrives for a speaking appearance at Civic Hall in Charleston, W. Va. (AP)
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