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.”

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 LeeMerkley leads Dem lawmakers to border amid migrant policy outcry This week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure Dem lawmaker spars with own party over prison reform MORE (D-Texas) is nipping at his verbal heels, speaking on 60 session days, while Rep. Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeFive races to watch in the Texas runoffs Five Republican run-offs to watch in Texas Hillicon Valley: House Dems release Russia-linked Facebook ads | Bill would block feds from mandating encryption 'back doors' | AT&T hired Cohen for advice on Time Warner merger | FCC hands down record robocall fine | White House launches AI panel 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.