�€?Senator Byrd is a true patriot in the sense that he believes in and protects America and its system of government. Perhaps more than any other elected federal official, he has mastered the history of the three branches of government and the separation of powers. His votes are guided by his understanding of the constitution and by his dedication to the people of this state. I feel honored to have known him over the years and stand in awe of his ability to deliver for our state.�€? �€ WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr.

Sen. Byrds life is chronicled in his recently released autobiography, �€?Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields, published by the WVU Press.