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.
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