Texas state senator Wendy Davis became an overnight political celebrity after her 11-hour filibuster. | Corbis Images

Wendy Davis and Famous Filibusters in History

An old-fashioned form of political theater, a powerful and passionate filibuster can leave its mark on history even after the gavel has fallen.

June 27, 2013
7:30 AM EDT
John C. Calhoun may have been the first-ever advocate of the use of the filibuster. | U.S. Senate
Robert La Follette's opposition to World War I would eventually earn him suspicions of treason and calls for him to be expelled from the Senate. | Library of Congress
Huey Long's most famous filibuster took place just three months before his assassination. | Corbis Images
Wayne Morse looked up to Robert La Follette, who also represented Wisconsin in the Senate. | Corbis Images
Strom Thurmond holds a press conference with his wife after his record-breaking filibuster. | Corbis Images
Sen. Robert Byrd opposed efforts at filibuster reform late in his career. | Corbis Images
Alfonse D'Amato takes a call in his Senate office in 1989. | Corbis Images
A television screen in a Senate office shows Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster on C-SPAN. | Corbis Images