Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most powerful -- and longest-serving -- members of the Senate. A master of the Senate's arcane rules, Byrd denounced growing executive power and liked to remind his Capitol colleagues that Congress was equal to the president under the Constitution. He famously said that he served "with" and not "under" 11 presidents.
SOURCE: Staff reports | Karen Yourish and Alberto Cuadra/The Washington Post - June 29, 2010
A public servant for the ages Article | Robert C. Byrd , an orphan from the West Virginia coal fields who served more than half a century in the Senate and used his canny, masterful knowledge of the institution to protect its rules, shape the federal budget and, above all else, tend to the interests of his impoverished state, died Monday....