Tomblin holds WV governorship for Democrats
October 4th, 2011
10:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Tomblin holds WV governorship for Democrats

(CNN) - Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin will continue serving as West Virginia’s governor after narrowly defeating Republican businessman Bill Maloney in a special election Tuesday.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Tomblin received 49.4% of the vote to 47.2% for Maloney, according to unofficial results from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office.
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Filed under: Joe Manchin • Robert Byrd • West Virginia
July 20th, 2010
02:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Goodwin sworn in as interim successor to Byrd

Washington (CNN) – Carte Goodwin was sworn in Tuesday as the interim replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, giving Senate Democrats a key vote for issues such as the extension of unemployment benefits.

A Republican filibuster had prevented Democrats from ending debate on the jobless benefits measure, but with Goodwin's vote and support from two Republicans, Democrats overcame the GOP maneuver in a vote Tuesday afternoon.

Goodwin arrived for work in Washington a day after the West Virginia state legislature approved a plan to hold a special election in November to fill Byrd's old seat.

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Filed under: Robert Byrd • Senate Democrats • West Virginia
July 16th, 2010
01:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Rockefeller: Goodwin 'among West Virginia’s best and brightest'

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, issued the following statement Friday about attorney Carte Goodwin:

“Carte Goodwin is unquestionably among West Virginia’s best and brightest.

“He is widely respected and admired across our state, and has served West Virginia as an attorney, General Counsel to Governor Manchin and Chairman of the West Virginia School Building Authority – working with great character, dignity and professionalism to serve and protect the public good, and always keeping West Virginia families and the challenges they face each day at the very forefront of his thinking.”


Filed under: Carte Goodwin • Robert Byrd • West Virginia
July 16th, 2010
07:18 AM ET
4 years ago

West Virginia governor to name Byrd replacement

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will announce Friday his pick to fill the late Robert Byrd’s Senate seat.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will announce Friday his pick to fill the late Robert Byrd’s Senate seat.

(CNN) – West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will announce on Friday his pick to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd.

Manchin has said he'll push to hold a special election this November to fill the remaining two years of the term. The legislature is meeting in special session, considering legislation to do just that.

Manchin, a popular two-term Democratic governor, told reporters this month that he "would highly consider" seeking the seat himself - not surprising given Manchin was thought to be interested in running for the Senate in 2012, when the election is currently scheduled.

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Filed under: Robert Byrd • West Virginia
July 7th, 2010
12:43 PM ET
4 years ago

West Virginia Gov. says he'll consider running for Byrd seat

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin told reporters that he is considering seeking the late Sen. Robert Byrd's Senate seat.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin told reporters that he is considering seeking the late Sen. Robert Byrd's Senate seat.

(CNN) – West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he'll push to hold a special election this November to fill the remaining two years of the term of late Sen. Robert Byrd.

Manchin, a popular two-term Democratic governor, also told reporters that he "would highly consider" seeking the seat himself - a statement that is not surprising given Manchin was already thought to be interested in running for the Senate in 2012, when the election is currently scheduled.

Manchin made his announcement during a news conference Wednesday with reporters at the state capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, one day after Byrd was buried. The 92 year old Democratic lawmaker, who died last week, was the longest serving senator in U.S. history.

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Filed under: Joe Manchin • Robert Byrd • West Virginia
July 6th, 2010
04:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Friends, family say farewell to Sen. Byrd

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Close friends and family gathered Tuesday to say farewell to Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress, who died last week at age 92. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - Close friends and family gathered Tuesday to say farewell to Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress, who died last week at age 92.

A funeral service was held at Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia, followed by a private graveside service at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, also in Arlington. Byrd was buried alongside his wife Erma, who died in March 2006.

The couple will be reburied later in West Virginia once family members determine a location.

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Filed under: Robert Byrd
July 6th, 2010
08:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Byrd funeral scheduled for Tuesday

Friends and family will say goodbye Tuesday to Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress who died last week at age 92.
Friends and family will say goodbye Tuesday to Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress who died last week at age 92.

Washington (CNN) - Friends and family will say goodbye Tuesday to Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress who died last week at age 92.

An 11 a.m. ET funeral service is scheduled for Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia, followed by a private graveside service at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, also in Arlington. Byrd will be buried alongside his wife Erma, who died in March 2006.

The couple will be moved later and reburied in West Virginia once family members determine a location.

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Filed under: Robert Byrd
July 4th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
July 1st, 2010
06:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Byrd's Senate goodbye

ALT TEXT Sen. Robert Byrd's casket in the Senate chamber. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - When a military honor guard carried Sen. Robert Byrd's coffin into his beloved Senate chamber there were no television cameras allowed in to record the solemn proceeding. A single still photographer was permitted to take photographs of the casket of the man who was once the nation's longest serving member of Congress lying in repose.

A small contingent of print and television reporters were able to observe from the gallery above the Senate floor.

For much of the day, lawmakers past and present filed into the chamber for a private prayer and quiet good-bye to their popular colleague who embodied the traditions of the great institution. The West Virginia Senator had served for 51 years. Byrd's immediate family sat near the honor guard-flanked casket and greeted one-by-one the many members of Byrd's Senate family.

Vice President Joe Biden, who served with Byrd for about 35 years, was there.

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Filed under: Robert Byrd • Senate
July 1st, 2010
11:06 AM ET
4 years ago

Washington mourns loss of veteran legislator

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An honor guard carries the body of the late Sen. Robert Byrd into the Capitol. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - The body of Sen. Robert C. Byrd arrived at the Capitol on Thursday, a rare honor for a man who rose from the poverty of Depression-era West Virginia to become the longest-serving member of Congress in history.

Byrd, who died Monday at the age of 92, will lie in repose in the Senate chamber until 3:45 p.m. ET Thursday. His body will be transported to Charleston, West Virginia, Thursday evening, where it will remain at the state capitol overnight.

Byrd will be buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.

After the jump, read a list of all 20th century funerals held in the Senate Chamber.
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Filed under: Robert Byrd • Senate
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