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Rand Paul’s filibuster is ninth-longest in recorded history

The Post's "In The Loop" team has a good recap of the longest filibusters in history. So where did Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) rank when all was said and done?

In short: It appears he delivered the 9th-longest filibuster in recorded history (though we can't be sure because the Senate historian says its current list may not be comprehensive).


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). (John Huff/AP)

Paul stopped speaking around 12:40 a.m., just shy of the 13-hour mark, clocking in at 12 hours and 52 minutes.

If he could have kept talking until 2:01 a.m., he would have passed Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) for the eighth-longest filibuster ever; if he had still been speaking at 3:02 a.m., he would have eclipsed Sen. Alphonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) for seventh-longest; and if he spoke until 3:18 a.m., he would have passed Sen. Huey Long (D-La.) for the sixth-longest.

Here are the updated standings for longest filibuster:

1. Sen. Strom Thurmond (D-S.C.) (1957): 24 hours, 18 minutes

2. D'Amato (1986): 23:30

3. Sen. Wayne Morse (I-Ore.) (1953): 22:26

4. Sen. Robert La Follette (R-Wis.) (1908): 18:23

5. Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.) (1981): 16:12

6. Long (1935): 15:30

7. D'Amato (1992): 15:14

8. Byrd (1964): 14:13

9. Paul (2013): 12:52

Paul Kane contributed to this post.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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