Robert Byrd Hospitalized; Senator, 92, 'Seriously Ill'

West Virginia lawmaker is longest-serving member of Congress
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2010 2:11 PM CDT
Sen. Robert Byrd gestures while speaking on the Senate floor in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, the day Byrd became the longest-serving member of Congress.   (AP Photo/APTV)

(Newser) – Robert Byrd, the Democratic senator from West Virginia who last fall became the longest-serving member of Congress, is hospitalized and in serious condition, his office tells MSNBC. The 92-year-old was admitted last week with what was believed to be a heat-related illness, but "other conditions have developed which has resulted in his condition being described as 'serious,'" says a rep.

If Byrd can't finish his ninth 6-year term, the Democratic governor, Joe Manchin, would appoint his successor, the Washington Post notes.
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