Robert Byrd 2009 Photo

U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) doffs his hat for reporters as he arrives at the Capitol in Washington, in this February 26, 2009 file photograph. Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress, is “seriously ill” and has been hospitalized, a spokesman for the West Virginia lawmaker said June 27, 2010. Picture taken February 26, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files (UNITED STATES – Tags: HEALTH POLITICS PROFILE)