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Senators First Speeches

September 20, 2013

Sen. Markey (D-MA) gave his first speech on the Senate floor this week sixty-four days after being sworn in. This was one of the shortest spans from swearing-in to speaking of the fourteen new senators in the 113th Congress. The average time from swearing-in to speaking for the thirteen senators who have spoken this session is 103 days. Senator Chiesa (R-NJ), who was sworn in a month before Sen. Markey, has not yet spoken. On September 19, 2013 he commented on the guest chaplain from his state. The shortest time span was for Sen. Kaine (D-VA) who spoke after fifty-five days in the Senate.

Popular lore would have it that senators are speaking sooner in their careers and not serving apprenticeships as they did in the past. However, Robert Caro writes that Lyndon B. Johnson gave his first speech, March 9, 1949, sixty-five days after being sworn in, a much shorter time than the 103 day average for this Senate class. Hillary Clinton spoke on her forty-first day and Rand Paul spoke on his thirtieth day. So, this Senate class does seem to be conservative in making their first speeches. All the new senators are shown below with a clip from their first speech.

Name State Party Date in Office Maiden Speech Days Video Clip
Tim Kaine VA D 01/03/13 02/27/13 55 Clip
Ed Markey MA D 07/16/13 09/18/13 64 Clip
Ted Cruz TX R 01/03/13 03/13/13 69 Clip
Mazie Hirono HI D 01/03/13 03/14/13 70 Clip
Deb Fischer NE D 01/03/13 04/08/13 95 Clip
Chris Murphy CT D 01/03/13 04/10/13 97 Clip
Elizabeth Warren MA D 01/03/13 04/17/13 104 Clip
Heidi Heitkamp ND D 01/03/13 04/23/13 110 Clip
Angus King ME I 01/03/13 04/24/13 111 Clip
Joe Donnelly IN D 01/03/13 04/24/13 111 Clip
Tammy Baldwin WI D 01/03/13 05/22/13 139 Clip
Jeff Flake AZ R 01/03/13 06/04/13 152 Clip
Martin Heinrich NM D 01/03/13 06/13/13 161 Clip

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