By Judy Kurtz
Thompson, 54, was reportedly coughing during committee hearings back in June and was forced to scale back his House floor appearances. It was apparently tough for the congressman. Real tough.
“It was probably a whole week,” he told the Post-Gazette. “I enjoy communicating, so it was hard.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is nipping at his verbal heels, speaking on 60 session days, while Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) has used his vocal chords on the House floor on 58 occasions.
When it comes to the number of session days spoken, Thompson may take the verbose cake, but Jackson Lee has him outnumbered in the time spent speaking.
Thompson’s speeches total about an hour, while the congresswoman has reportedly chatted away for a total of seven hours.