Rep. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertGOP rep: Democrats trying to 'take away people’s civil rights' House gun control sit-in stretches into second day GOP rep confronts sit-in Dems in fiery exchange MORE (R-Texas) logged the most speaking time on the House floor this year out of his more than 400 colleagues.
Capitol Hill staffers are accustomed to looking up at C-SPAN at the end of the legislative day and seeing Gohmert delivering long-winded "special order" speeches for 30 to 60 minutes at a time, multiple times per week. Gohmert clocked in about 29 hours on the floor in 2014, according to C-SPAN data.
Another hard-line conservative, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), came in second with 10 hours on the House floor in 2014. King frequently discusses his opposition to what he describes as "amnesty" for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. For instance, he recently accused White House "minions" of deliberately scheduling President Obama's immigration executive action for after Congress left town for the Thanksgiving recess.
On the Democratic side, Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeDems sustain protest as GOP angles to start recess early House erupts as GOP tries to halt Dems' sit-in House caucus to focus on business in Latin America MORE (D-Texas) spoke the most with a total of nine hours. Jackson Lee frequently delivers "morning hour" and one-minute speeches, as well as remarks during floor debate on most legislation.
Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) were both tied at seven hours each. Norton's total time spent on the House floor is especially remarkable considering that she is a nonvoting delegate. The other four nonvoting delegates and Puerto Rico's resident commissioner clocked in less than an hour each on the House floor.
Most House members spent an average of two to three hours speaking on the floor this year.