28 Jun 2010

Longest serving senator in US dies

11:56 pm on 28 June 2010

The longest-serving lawmaker in the United States, Robert Byrd, has died at the age of 92.

The Democratic Senator had been suffering from heat exhaustion.

His spokesperson says Senator Byrd died peacefully at a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.

The West Virginia lawmaker was elected to the House of Representatives in 1952, becoming a senator seven years later.

His death is not expected to change the Democrats' current majority in the Senate.