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.”

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But after giving his voice a rest, Thompson was back in action. Although he still leads Congress in terms of spending the most days giving floor speeches, some loquacious members aren’t far behind.

Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeDem wants hearing after United passenger dragged off flight Members jam with Wynonna Judd, Keith Urban at Grammys on the Hill Dem rep: Trump WH, conservatives are attacking black women MORE (D-Texas) is nipping at his verbal heels, speaking on 60 session days, while Rep. Ted PoeTed PoeThe art of the compromise Ryan transfers record M to House GOP's campaign arm in March House votes to move toward designating North Korea as state sponsor of terror MORE (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.