DAVID A. CORBIN served as a Senate staffer for twenty-six years on the leadership staff of Senate majority leader Byrd and ten years on the leadership staffs of Senate majority leaders George Mitchell and Tom Daschle. He also served as Senator Byrd's speechwriter for the last ten years of his career. Corbin is the author of The West Virginia Mine Wars: An Anthology (Appalachian Editions, 1990) and Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields: The Southern West Virginia Miners, 1880-1920 (University of Illinois Press, 1981). He received his PhD from Maryland, and lives in Annapolis.

Winner of the Pelzer Memorial Award for the best essay in American history by a graduate student in 1977.