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.

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