WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement following the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV):
"Sen. Robert Byrd has served our country as a member of the U.S. Congress for nearly sixty years. His knowledge of the Senate's history and his attention to the institution's rules and procedures is unrivalled. He's reminded all of us of the Senate's roles and responsibilities as defined by the Constitution and the importance of the body to the checks and balances our Founders designed.
"Sen. Byrd overcame great hardship as a child, graduated high school as valedictorian at the age of 16, and worked a number of jobs before being elected to public office. Even though he rose to so many influential positions in Congress, he never forgot about working people. West Virginia has lost a tireless advocate - a Senator who fought for his constituents each day."