February 26th, 2008
08:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Senator Byrd under observation after fall

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Robert Byrd, the Senate's longest-serving member, was admitted to Washington's Walter Reed Army Medical Center for observation Tuesday after a fall at his home Monday night, his spokesman said.

The 90-year-old West Virginia Democrat complained about pain after going to work Tuesday, and doctors are looking for signs of broken bones or other injuries, Byrd spokesman Jesse Jacobs said.

Byrd cast a vote on the Senate floor and was back in his office working when aides recommended he see the Capitol physician, Jacobs said.

He is the Senate's longest-serving member, first elected in 1958. Though he walks with the aid of two canes, he still speaks vigorously on the Senate floor.

As the senior senator in the majority party, he also serves as the chamber's president pro tempore - third in line in presidential succession, behind Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

His hospitalization came the same day that another of the Senate's senior members, Virginia Republican John Warner, returned to a Fairfax, Virginia hospital for observation after a recurrence of a heart condition first diagnosed in October. Warner's office said the 81-year-old senator's condition, known as atrial fibrillation, is common and doctors would monitor his heart and adjust his medication during his stay.

–CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett

Filed under: Robert Byrd
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Matt, WV

    Poor Senator Byrd! I hope all goes well. He has done so much for our state and our country.

    February 26, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. cf

    God bless, you, Sen. Byrd!!

    February 26, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. Belle

    I was sorry to hear about Senator Byrd's fall.

    I wish the Senator a speedy recovery!

    February 26, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. D.Ward

    God Bless you,Sen.Byrd I'll be praying for you.

    February 26, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Paul from Kissimmee

    I hope Warner and Byrd have speedy recoveries. Just the thought of these two still working for our country at their age shows that they are both great Americans.

    February 26, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. eyeingtenure

    God bless, and get well soon.

    February 26, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. Kevin,FL

    Poor Man.. Hope all is well.. God Bless

    February 26, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Robert

    Get well soon Sen. Byrd. The Dems need you!

    February 26, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Raymond Ito

    Wish Sen. Byrd speedy recovery. He's an inspiration to many.

    February 26, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. BJE

    Great news; Obama got wind of Sen. Robert Byrd's misfortunes and is on his way to heal him

    Obama / Warren Steed Jeffs '08

    February 26, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Mrs. America

    Speedy recovery, Sen. Byrd. You made the first political impression on me when I was too young to understand politics. It was your fiddle that snagged me. And I love that you love your dog. God bless.

    February 27, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |