WASHINGTON, D.C. - The death of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia at age 92 has brought tributes from Democrats and Republicans alike.
Jay Rockefeller, the other Democratic senator from West Virginia, says that as Byrd rose to a position of power, he always remembered his humble coalfield beginnings and never forgot who he represented.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says Byrd had "combined a devotion to the U.S. Constitution with a deep learning of history." McConnell says Byrd had a "fighting spirit" and an "abiding faith."
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, says Byrd "believed in the Senate as an institution" as well as his home state and the people he represented.
And former President Jimmy Carter calls Byrd "a giant among legislators."
Byrd was the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate.