AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate honored Sen. Judith Zaffirini of Laredo after the veteran lawmaker cast her 50,000th consecutive record vote.
The milestone occurred Friday morning and the Senate took time out of its floor session to praise the Democrat's dedication to public service. Zaffirini has served in the Senate since 1987 and was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the chamber.
Zaffirini's colleagues noted she often missed family duties, including a son's graduation, to make sure she didn't miss a vote over her long career.
Zaffirini also was presented with the Senate gavel that was used to record her 50,000 vote during the chamber's local and consent calendar, which is used to pass uncontested bills.