Guest Essay by Patrick Cox
Sam Rayburn of Texas – The Longest Serving Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn was one of the most influential and respected leaders in American history. Rayburn served with distinction as he achieved many important changes to American society, government and the nation’s economy. Rayburn holds the record for serving longer than any other Speaker of the House in U.S. history. According to longtime friend and colleague Congressman Richard Bolling, Rayburn was cleverly described as the “baldest and levelest head in Washington.” He served fifty years from his northeast Texas 4th Congressional District in the House and seventeen as the House Speaker.