Sen. Judith Zaffirini casts 65,000th consecutive vote in the Texas Senate

‘After faith and family, public service is my highest priority,’ she says

Senator Zaffirini (KSAT)

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, is being recognized this week after casting 65,000 votes in the Texas Senate — a record “unmatched” in the Lone Star State and in the U.S., the lawmaker’s office said.

Zaffirini’s vote came Monday morning as the Texas Senate took up the local and uncontested calendar.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presented her with a personalized gavel on Tuesday to mark the achievement.

“Representing the families of Senate District 21 is a tremendous responsibility,” Zaffirini said in a news release. “After faith and family, public service is my highest priority. The most fundamental part of that is being present and casting every vote.”

Her press office said the lawmaker has never missed a vote since her first Legislative Session in 1987. Throughout her time in office, she has passed 1,160 bills — the most of any legislator in Texas history.

Of those, 127 bills were passed in the last session, “making her the Capitol’s highest bill-passer for three consecutive sessions.”

She has passed 26 bills through the Senate so far this session.

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