Monthly Archives: May 2014

Henry B. Gonzalez Once Talked For 21 Hours Straight

New state senator Henry B. Gonzalez and colleague Chick Kazen of Laredo joined forces on May 2, 1959 to filibuster a pro-segregation bill.  Kazen spoke for 15 hours and the freshman talked for 21 hours and two minutes.

Four years later, Gonzalez won a special election for a vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was reelected to 19 full terms becoming a high-profile and often controversial fixture in Congress.  Gonzalez left office due to ill health in 1999 and died the next year at age 84.