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Associated press photography From left, the late Democratic Sens. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii all served about a half-century in the Senate. Mr. Inouye’s death leaves Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, who turns 89 in January, as the oldest senator, though with nowhere near their length of service.

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