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Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., speaks Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, upon winning his ninth term in Charleston, W.Va. Byrd defeated John Raese.
President Bush poses with The Dalai Lama during the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring The Dalai Lama. From left are, The Dalai Lama, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. the president, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky.
In this Sept. 11, 2008 file photo, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va, waves a flag during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks.
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va is seen during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks.

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In this June 10, 1963 file photo, President John Kennedy shakes hands with Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W. Va., at American University graduation exercises in Washington June 10, 1963. The university gave Kennedy an honorary doctor of law degree.
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, speaks during a press conference as Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., right, looks on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006 prior to the annual Jefferson-Jackson Democratic dinner in Charleston, W.Va.
In this Sept. 19, 1960 photo, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., is welcomed by, from left, W. VA Sens. Robert C. Byrd & Jennings Randolph & State Attorney General W.W. Barron.
Gov. Joe Manchin, left, celebrates with Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., right, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, in Charleston, W.Va., after Byrd won re-election. Byrd defeated John Raese to win a record ninth term in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., walks to his office on Capitol Hill Monday, June 12, 2006. Byrd became the longest serving U.S. senator in history Monday
In this July 5, 1967 file photo, Robert C. Byrd Sen. D-West Va., is shown. Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a fiery orator versed in the classics and a hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to the state of his Depression-era upbringing, died Monday, June 28, 2010.

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In this Jan. 30, 2003 file photo, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va, left, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., talk to reporters on Capitol Hill to discuss the situation in Iraq.
In this Jan. 10, 1964 file photo, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W. Va., repacks his brief case on after keeping the senate in a round-the clock session with a more than 15-hour speech.