The longest-serving member of the US Senate, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, has died. He was 92.
Byrd, a Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate since 1959, had been plagued by health problems in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair. He had skipped several votes in Congress in the past months.
Jesse Jacobs, a family spokesman, said Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va.
He was the oldest member of the 111th Congress.
Requiescat in pace, Senator. Love him, hate him, or anything in between, none can deny the impact his service has had on the direction of this country. There will be plenty of opportunity to address all of that in the days to come. For today, I’ll offer only this:
We pray for the repose of souls, Heavenly Father, particularly for Robert Byrd today. Bring him into the light of Your presence with the angels and saints in heaven. We ask this in Jesus’ name…