CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin laid a wreath at the foot of the Robert C. Byrd statue at the state capitol in remembrance of the second anniversary of the legendary West Virginian's death.
The longest-serving U.S. senator died two years ago Thursday. Tomblin praised Byrd as a champion of the people. Virginia's U.S. senators also issued statements on the anniversary.
Sen. Joe Manchin called the man he succeeded a "great statesman," while Sen. Jay Rockefeller said his late colleague fought for those who couldn't defend themselves.