Governor Manchin keeps Byrd's Senate seat vacant until the funeral is over

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June 30, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: Governor Joe Manchin has told reporters that he will not name an appointee to replace the late U.S. Senator Robert Byrd until all the funerals are over[1].

Manchin said that he will not begin the process to find a replacement until July 7, 2010 when all the memorial services for the longest serving U.S. Senator in history have been completed. The Governor said that if the process began immediately would be disrespectful towards the Byrd Family and other friends and colleagues who are affected by his passing[1]. The Governor has planned a series of memorial tributes to honor the late Senator[2].

Even if an appointment is made days after when Governor Manchin begins the process, the appointee would not be sworn into office until the U.S. Senate resumes from recess due to the Independence Day holiday[2].

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