Washington (CNN) – Sen. Robert Byrd will become the longest-serving member of Congress Wednesday, having logged a staggering 20,774 days representing his home state of West Virginia in either the U.S. House or Senate.
Most of Byrd's tenure in federal office has been in the U.S. Senate, where he will have served 18,583 days, from January 3, 1959, through Wednesday. He became that body's longest-serving member in June 2006, surpassing the record previously held by the late Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.
The West Virginia Democrat also served a total of 2,191 days, from January 3, 1953, to January 3, 1959, in the House of Representatives
The late Carl Hayden, D-Arizona, held the previous record for longest total congressional service. Hayden served in the House and the Senate for a total 20,773 days, from February 12, 1912, to January 3, 1969.
What a nightmare it's been.
Term limits anyone?
byrd ,, bowden and paterno ... all need to retire....the senate looks like a retiremnet home.... new blood both parties....
And who is saying we don't need TERM LIMITS!
This is why we need term limits.
I hope his next 20,774 are as productive.
West Virgina, please do Senator Byrd, the state of Virgina, and the country a favor and let Senator Byrd go home. I'm sure there is a highly qualified Democrat in the state who can take his seat. Maybe you can find one who doesn't aspire to spend three generations in Washington DC.
SO WHAT !! This country is being bogged down by all of these OLD, ALL WHITE, has-been hacks that should have been LONG – GONE years ago!
We will continue to be held back on any constructive legislation until we CLEAN HOUSE from all of them..
All hail to the DEMOCRATIC Senator who led the charge AGAINST civil rights.
That's right, not the Republicans. The Democrats. Look it up.
He'll always be know for his ability to bring home the pork for his state and for his knowledge of the Constitution. He's very good at both. But Term limits are needed NOW.
Yes there are term limits in place for every Senator, WE THE PEOPLE have the right to vote for who ever we want. If we the people want to send a man to Washington DC, that is our choice, if we want term limits, DO not vote for the Guy, for for someone new. Now as far as JOE PA, leave him out of this, if you can find a better coach who has spent more time with his kids, and does a better job turning therse boys into men, then come back to me with that. Until then keep your liberal views to yourself