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Robert C. Byrd was the United States’ longest serving Senator, representing West Virginia for 51 years from 1959-2010 and serving as Majority Leader 1977-1981 and 1987-1989. He served in the House of Representatives from 1953-1959. Senator Byrd was an leading member of the Appropriations Committee, bringing vital infrastructure improvements and job-creating projects to the state of West Virginia. The collection contains his personal papers, including constituent correspondence, speeches, legislative files, personal memorabilia, and the papers of The Friends of Robert C. Byrd PAC.
Scot Faulkner was the first Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving in the 104th Congress (1995-1996). Faulkner instituted several management reforms during his tenure to make the House of Representatives more efficient.The collection consists primarily of his office files that document these reforms and materials used to write his book Naked Emperor: The Failure of the Republican Revolution.
Harley O. Staggers, Sr. was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginian’s 2nd district for more than 30 years, serving from 1949-1981. For 15 years, from 1966-1981, Congressman Staggers chaired the powerful House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. A strong proponent and advocate of railroads, Congressman Staggers introduced legislation that helped the industry become profitable and regain stability in the 1980s. The collection documents his chairmanship and other accomplishments of his legislative career.
Harley O. “Buckey” Staggers, Jr. served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 2nd district of West Virginia for ten years (1983-1993) before he lost his seat during redistricting following the 1990 Census. During his time in office, Congressman Staggers served on the House Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Judiciary Committees. The collection documents his work these committees, his office administration, and his correspondence with his constituents. The collection also contains records from his term as a State Senator (1980-1982).