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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Glen Brogan is 25 years old, which means Sen. Robert C. Byrd had already been in office for more than 30 years before Brogan was even born.
That did not stop him from coming to the state Capitol on Friday to honor the late West Virginia senator, who died Monday at age 92.
"I wanted to pay my respects to him but, more than that, I thought it would be a good place for West Virginians to gather," Brogan said.
Many West Virginians of all parties, ages and races came together to remember Byrd on the north side of the Capitol building.
"You can't deny that Robert Byrd has done a tremendous amount for this state," Brogan said.
In his 57 years in Washington, Byrd secured millions upon millions of dollars in federal funding for numerous projects, including highways, bridges, hospitals and schools.
Patrick Quinlan of St. Albans said he sees Byrd as the state's greatest friend.
"He was not only a great senator but a great person," Quinlan said. "There won't be another Senator Byrd."
Christopher Miller of Beckley knows firsthand just how hard Byrd worked for his constituents.
"Nobody was more committed to West Virginia than the senator," said Miller, who worked as a constituent caseworker in Byrd's office from 2004 to 2006. "No one will ever be able to fill his shoes, with regards to what he's accomplished for West Virginia."
Since Byrd's death, many have wondered who will take his place in the Senate. Martha Layman of Scott Depot said Byrd laid the appropriate base for his works to continue, no matter who his successor might be.
"No one can replace him, but he's set a good foundation," she said. "If everyone looks to his principles and tries to do likewise, I think the next person has a good chance. I'm optimistic for the state."