US Senator Byrd Becomes Longest Serving Congress Member
Democratic West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd became the longest serving member of the congress. He served uninterruptedly for 20, 744 days or 56 years and 320 days as of November 18, 2009. He broke the record of 56 years and 319 days set by Senator Carl Hayden.
He earned from the senate a formal salute and a resolution to mark the milestone. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledgement of Byrd’s achievements was one of the first business in the floor.
Byrd was elected in the House on 1952 and became a senator on January 3, 1959. He’s been there ever since serving. He was once Senate Minority Leader and twice Senate Majority Leader. He is currently the President Pro Tempore of the United States, putting him third in line of the presidential succession behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Among the other records he is currently holding in the Congress are the following: the longest serving senator, the most number of votes casted (already above 18,000) and the only surviving senator to have voted on a bill giving statehood to a US territory.