Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHouse passes bill to end crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Security forces under pressure to prevent repeat of Jan. 6 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.
The Texas Republican firebrand typically speaks about a variety of topics, including immigration and disagreements with President Obama's Justice Department. Occasionally he employs unusual visuals, such as posters depicting crucifixions while talking about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
Another hard-line conservative, Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman Former Steve King challenger on rural voters in GOP states: 'They hate Democrats' MORE (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 LeeBest shot at narrowing racial homeownership gap at risk, progressives say Youth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda 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.