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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Senator Byrd Celebrates 20,774 Days in Congress

Today Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia becomes the longest serving member of Congress in our nation's history.  With his combined 6 years in the House of Represenatives and his unprecedented 9 consecutive terms in the Senate, he now totals over 56 years of service.  

When he first came to Washington as a young Congressman from his home state (Jan. 3, 1953) Harry Truman was president and most Americans still looked to newspapers and the radio for their daily news.  

I had the great fortune and priviledge of painting his portrait for the U.S. Senate.  He is an amzaing man of dignity and charm and one of the most powerful intellects I have ever had the chance to encounter.  


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