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The Speaker’s Long One Minute

July 31, 2013

By tradition in the House, the Speaker, along with the majority and minority leaders, are allowed to speak as long as they want. They are provided one minute to speak, but they often take longer. Minority Whip Hoyer, who no longer has this privilege, referred to this as the “magic minute.” On June 26, 2009, Minority Leader Boehner spoke for an hour under his one minute. He read parts of the energy bill that the Democrats had brought to the floor.

Since the Speaker and minority leader have different floor roles, we decided to compare the time that Speakers Pelosi and Boehner each spoke in two years as speaker. That way we are comparing two Speakers and their use of floor speeches. For Pelosi we use the 111th Congress (2009-10) and for Boehner, the 112th Congress (2011-12). The results can be seen here.

Speaker Congress Speeches Average Total Time
Pelosi 111th 79 5:41 min 7:29 hours
Boehner 112th 30 2:57 min 1:32 hours

On every measure, Speaker Pelosi is practically double Boehner’s times. In total time speaking, she spoke over seven hours where Boehner spoke only about two hours. Other studies conducted here show Pelosi as the most vocal floor activist as Speaker of the House. We exclude their acceptance speeches on being elected speaker and focus on their floor speeches.

Pre-Senate Television Senators

July 30, 2013

The death of Harry Byrd, Jr. (1914-2013) caused us to look up how many senators who served before television are alive. Senate television began on June 2, 1986. Byrd served from 1965 to 1983. He was first elected to fill the unexpired term of his father, Harry Byrd, Sr. First elected as a Democrat, he ran as an independent in 1970. There are 28 other senators serving before 1986 and still alive. These are:

James Abourezk(D-SD) 1973-79
Maryon Allen (D-AL) 1978-78
Wendell Anderson(D-MN) 1976-78
Birch Bayh (D-IN) 1963-81
Nicholas Brady (R-NJ) 1982-82
William Brock (R-TN) 1971-77
Edward Brooke (R-MA) 1967-79
James Buckley (I-NY) 1971-77
Richard Clark (D-IA) 1973-79
Marlow Cook (R-KY) 1968-74
John Culver (D-IA) 1975-81
Elaine Edwards (D-LA) 1972-72
David Gambrell(D-GA) 1971-72
Mike Gravel (D-AK) 1969-81
Robert Griffin (R-MI) 1966-79
Fred Harris (D-OK) 1964-73
Kaneaster Hodges(D-AR) 1977-79
Walter Huddleston(D-KY)1973-85
William Jepsen (R-IA) 1979-85
Walter Mondale (D-MN) 1964-76
Robert Morgan (D-NC) 1975-81
Harrison Schmitt(R-NM) 1977-83
Richard Schweiker (R-PA)1969-81
Adlai Stevenson, III (D-IL) 1970-81
Donald Stewart (D-AL) 1978-81
Richard Stone (D-FL) 1975-80
John Tunney (D-CA) 1971-77
Joseph Tydings (D-MD) 1965-71

Use the Biographical Directory of the United States to research the service of these senators.

Lindy Boggs, 1916-2013

July 27, 2013

Former Representative Lindy Boggs (D-LA) died at age 97. She succeeded her husband Majority Leader Rep. Hale Boggs (D-LA) when his plane disappeared in Alaska in 1972. She served nine terms in Congress. She came from a political family and her children were involved in politics and media including Thomas Boggs a prominent lobbyist and Cokie Roberts, a journalist, and her late daughter, Barbara Boggs Sigmund, mayor of Princeton, NJ. In 1997 she was appointed Ambassador to the Holy See.

Her congressional career is well documented in the C-SPAN Video Library. Included are appearances on the House floor such as this one.

When she retired from Congress, C-SPAN conducted an interview in which she reflected on her life and career.

Helen Thomas, 1920-2013

July 20, 2013

Helen Thomas, veteran White House correspondent has died. A regular fixture on C-SPAN over the years, she had 117 appearance, plus many other White House briefings where she asked questions. As the UPI correspondent, she was one of the first questioners at many White House briefings. Here are a couple of questions to the White House spokesman and to President Obama.

MYC-SPAN is For You

July 19, 2013

You can personalize your C-SPAN viewing experience by creating a login in the C-SPAN Video Library. With a login you can follow people and organizations. You can be notified when these people, organizations, or tagged programs appear in the Video Library. It is a simple way to follow people or topics of interest.

The MYC-SPAN login also organizes your clips and favorite programs. When you make a clip, it keeps it on your personalized page for future use. Start using the personalization features of the Video Library today and make them work for you.