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September 10, 2010 On this day in 1968, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York names a Republican, Congressman Charles Goodell, to replace the late Robert Kennedy, a Democrat, in the Senate. Kennedy was assassinated in June.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), shown in a June 29 file photo, says he will vote for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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July 20, 2010 The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court fell on strict party lines ... except for Sen. Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Republican voted in her favor.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., celebrates winning re-election to West Virginia's Second Congressional District Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 in Charleston, W.Va.
July 20, 2010 The West Virginia Legislature has passed a law allowing the state to hold a special Senate election this year to fill the seat of the late Robert Byrd. Gov. Joe Manchin (D), as expected, announced his candidacy today.
July 19, 2010 The West Virginia state Legislature failed to pass a bill calling for a special election to fill the late Robert Byrd's Senate seat this year. Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is now expected to call for one on his own.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) questions Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan during her confirmation hearing June 29.
July 18, 2010 Sen. John Cornyn, head of the Republican effort to recruit and fund GOP Senate candidates, says it may take two cycles -- this year and 2012 -- for his party to win a majority of seats.
July 8, 2010 West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he wants a special Senate election to take place this year, saying having an appointee in office for 2-1/2 years without input from the voters is too long.
July 6, 2010 On Tuesday, the late Sen. Robert Byrd will be buried. On Wednesday, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin begins the process of naming a successor.
The flag-draped coffin carrying Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) is carried by a U.S. military honor guard through the U.S. Capitol earlier today.
July 1, 2010 As Senator Robert Byrd lies in repose in the Senate chamber, a question: what is the difference between "lying in repose" and "lying in state"?
June 29, 2010 The office of the late Sen. Robert Byrd has released a schedule of his memorial service in both the Senate and West Virginia, with a burial in Virginia on Tuesday, July 6.
June 28, 2010 It's official: The Senate race to succeed Robert Byrd in West Virginia won't occur until 2012, when his term was expiring. There will be no special election in 2010.
June 28, 2010 With Robert Byrd's death, Hawaii Democrat Daniel Inouye is now the longest serving senator of the majority party, also known as the Senate President Pro Tempore.
June 28, 2010 The Senate's longest serving member, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, is dead, at age 92. Gov. Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, will name his successor, but he says he will not select himself.
Sen. Arlen Specter campaigns outside Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Monday.
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May 18, 2010 With Sen. Arlen Specter's (D-PA) fate on the line in Tuesday's primary, a look at those senators who switched parties in the past half-century -- and how they fared the rest of their careers.
April 12, 2010 A brief history of senators giving up their seat — voluntarily or otherwise — only to come back and win again.
February 4, 2010 Scott Brown gets sworn in today as the Republicans' 41st senator.
February 3, 2010 Scott Brown may be sworn in as the Republicans' 41st senator tomorrow.
January 11, 2010 Republicans say that Harry Reid's comments about Barack Obama and race are akin to what Trent Lott said about Strom Thurmond and race seven years ago. Lott resigned in the aftermath.
December 17, 2009 Joe Lieberman had his differences with the proposed health-care bill and got his way. Now, Nebraska's Ben Nelson wants his objections addressed.
December 15, 2009 One way to get health care legislation passed: pay attention to what Sen. Joe Lieberman wants.
December 14, 2009 Connecticut Joe Lieberman's opposition to one part of the health care bill currently before the Senate threatens its passage.
December 7, 2009 One reason why Florida's Bill Nelson may be a hot commodity on Google seaches.
September 24, 2009 Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) has been released from the hospital after a 48-hour stay.
September 24, 2009 Meet Paul Kirk, who has been named to temporarily succeed the late Edward Kennedy in the Senate.
September 24, 2009 Massachusetts Gov. Patrick names Paul Kirk as interim U.S. senator to succeed the late Edward Kennedy.
September 24, 2009 Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will announce his choice to fill the Senate vacancy created by the death of Ted Kennedy, and all signs are pointing to Kennedy insider Paul Kirk.
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