Statement on Senator Byrd

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement following the passing of West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd:


“As the longest-serving Senator of our nation, Robert Byrd is and will forever be a Senate legend. His fierce work ethic, sharp mind, and unflagging patriotism allowed him to also be one of the most effective Senators in U.S. history. Senator Byrd always did what was best for his constituents who kept re-electing him and for the country he loved. His high regard for the U.S. Constitution permeated his work and served as a constant reminder of the principles we strive to uphold daily in this great nation. He served in many positions of leadership, including Senate Majority Leader, guiding the upper chamber through numerous historic achievements that have shaped and improved our nation. Robert Byrd was a persistent defender of the Congress as a co-equal branch of government – he famously said he worked with Presidents, not under them – and we will miss him sorely in this great institution.


 “Robert Byrd demonstrated relentless passion and dedication for West Virginians over the five decades he served their interests. Not only was he a steadfast Senator for the state of West Virginia, he was a great colleague and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the Byrd family.”