At 43 Hours, Texas Senator Set Filibuster Record in '77

FORT WORTH – To Judge Bill Meier, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s recent filibuster was a valiant effort. 

“I admire his tenacity and undertaking. … He was only 31 hours short, though, in getting to the world record,” Meier said of the senator from Kentucky, who held the floor for more than 12 hours last week to draw attention to the government’s policies related to drone attacks.

In 1977, Meier set the world record for longest filibuster. From the floor of the Texas Senate, Meier spoke mostly uninterrupted for 43 hours to fight a bill he viewed ...

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