No one represents that sentiment more than the singular Senator Robert C. Byrd , whose contributions to our state and nation have forever changed history.
Our hearts are heavy on this sad day, which marks the loss of one of West Virginia’s – and of the country’s – greatest stalwarts.
Sen. Byrd was a leader our nation could count on. He staunchly defended the intentions of our founding fathers through his stewardship of the Constitution , a copy of which he always carried in his pocket . He often was a voice of reason during times of unrest.
He did not care about doing the popular thing, just the right thing.
He was accessible. Whenever our sister organization, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, would desire to discuss a public policy matter with the Senator, he always was willing to listen.
Partisanship didn’t sway his efforts to do what was best for West Virginia. His home state always came first.
Senator Bryd has left a void that can never be filled. We have lost a great mind, a great heart , a great man and a great friend.
On behalf of our 600 members and their 40,000 employees, we extend our sympathy to the Byrd family. May they be comforted by the prayers and thoughts of all who share their sorrow.