(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement on the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. Senator Byrd, the U.S. Senate’s longest serving Senator, was a long time colleague, mentor, and friend to Senator Murray.

"It is a sad day for the United States Senate, the people of West Virginia, and the entire country as we mourn the loss of the nation’s longest serving Senator. Robert C. Byrd was a historian, a poet, and a true Master of the Senate.

"Like every Senator, I have learned a great deal from Senator Byrd. From the protocols of managing legislation, to the best ways to work across the aisle to be as effective as possible in fighting for my state. Senator Byrd was gracious and warm. He believed passionately in the rules of the Senate and working together for the common good.

"Senator Byrd was a gentleman. He was tough, but he treated people with respect. So many Senators have been guided by his presence, and he will be missed very much. But his work, his passion, and his spirit will never be gone from the Senate he loved so much."