Senator Robert Byrd is Elected Secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference
In 1967 he was elected secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference, the No. 3 leadership position.
He made the job important by spending almost all day on the Senate floor, scheduling votes to accommodate fellow senators and keeping track of favors asked and delivered. In essence, he was doing the job of the Democratic whip, which Senator Russell B. Long of Louisiana, the elected whip, was neglecting
Byrd was a member of the Senate Democratic leadership starting in 1967 when he was elected as secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference from 1967 to 1971
Byrd was elected secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference in 1967 after outworking several opponents and gaining recognition as a key Senate force.