Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was first elected to the Senate in 1959 and was the longest serving member in the Senate's history.
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December 29, 2010 A comprehensive list of lawmakers, journalists, campaign advisers and family members who died in 2010, and who for the most part helped make politics an honorable profession.
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December 7, 2010 After battling breast cancer for years, Elizabeth Edwards succumbed to the disease on Tuesday. Having lost a teenage son to an automobile accident, and having endured the public humiliation of her philandering husband, she never lost her dignity.
September 11, 2010 Professor Ronald Walters, a professor at the University of Maryland who was one of the nation's most foremost authorities on race and the politics of race, died Friday night at the age of 72.
July 23, 2010 Daniel Schorr, NPR's senior news analyst and a legend in the field of journalism, is dead at 93.
July 15, 2010 Elise Boulding, a long time battler for peace, died last month at the age of 89. She also waged a write-in campaign for Congress from Michigan in 1966, the subject of a reader's question.
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 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.
June 3, 2010 Remembering Gary Coleman, who died recently, and who ran a mostly-forgotten campaign for governor of California during the recall election of 2003.
May 24, 2010 Former Ohio Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens," a once young conservative rising star who later went to prison for having sex with an underage girl, dies at age 79.
April 26, 2010 Willard Wirtz, Secretary of Labor under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, is dead at 98. He was the last surviving member of the JFK Cabinet.
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February 20, 2010 Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig is dead at age 85.
Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson in April 2008.
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February 10, 2010 Former Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson — best known as the subject of the Tom Hanks movie, "Charlie Wilson's War" — has died.
February 8, 2010 Rep. John Murtha, a powerful Pennsylvania Democrat, dies at 77 after complications from gall bladder surgery.
January 26, 2010 Former Maryland Sen. Charles "Mac" Mathias, a liberal in a conservative party, dies at age 87.
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