Statement from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., regarding the death of Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.:
“I’m deeply saddened by Senator Byrd’s death last evening. He was a friend and colleague, and more than that he was a legendary U.S. Senator who will be remembered as one of the great Senators in the history of the institution.
“Senator Byrd loved his state of West Virginia. He came from a humble beginning before becoming one of the most powerful U.S. Senators.
“Those of us that have had the privilege of serving with him will sorely miss Senator Robert C. Byrd.”
Statement from Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.:
“Lucy and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. For more than five decades, Senator Byrd fought tirelessly for the people of West Virginia. He possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of Senate procedure. And though he would go on to lead the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee for more than two decades, Senator Byrd never forgot where he came from nor who he represented. His knowledge and his spirit will be missed.
“Senator Byrd will be missed greatly. However, we are comforted in knowing that our friend Robert is now reunited with his beloved wife, Erma.”