Long-time Byrd Staff Member Leaving

By: WV MetroNews Email
By: WV MetroNews Email

A long-time advisor and communications director for Senator Robert Byrd is leaving.

Tom Gavin is joining the communications team for the ONE Campaign — a non-profit group founded by U2 singer Bono that lobbies Washington on behalf of world poverty and health issues.

Gavin has been with Byrd nine years and has grown increasingly close to senator as Byrd has aged. He is now 89.

Gavin has known for his intense loyalty and dedication to the senator.

He tells Metronews Byrd was “disappointed” to learn that he was leaving, but “he understands and he wishes me all the best.”

Gavin, who grew up outside of Chicago, came to West Virginia a dozen years ago, first as a radio news man for the West Virginia Radio Corporation. He says his interest in the ONE Campaign stems from his upbringing.

“My father…always tried to instill that we have to leave the world a better place than you find it,” he said.

The ONE Campaign counts 2.5 million people as members who are committed to fighting poverty.

“My challenge will be taking the voice of those members and challenging it to the greatest good,” Gavin told Metronews.

Gavin expects to begin his new job by the end of the month. No replacement has been named yet.

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