HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Which congressman spoke the most -- and the least -- during the 114th Congress?

Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., is not exactly a household name. But he's doing his level best to become a celebrity on C-SPAN.

Thompson, who represents an enormous rural district stretching from Lake Erie to the geographic center of Pennsylvania, spoke from the House floor on 209 separate days during the 114th Congress. That made him far and away the most frequent orator in the well of the lower legislative chamber for the second Congress in a row.

The runner up, according to C-SPAN's Congressional Chronicle, was Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, who spoke on 164 days during the Congress that began in January 2015 and ended last week.

The least frequent speaker — not including one member who died just after winning re-election in 2014 and another who was just sworn in — was the controversial Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn. DesJarlais spoke only once (or at least, on only one day) in the Congress that just ended, and in his three House terms (he was first elected in 2010) he has spoken from the floor a total of just 15 times. Another infrequent speaker: Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who prefers to explain every single vote he takes directly to constituents through social media. Amash spoke on the floor on only two days, according to the C-SPAN tally.

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