Sam Rayburn Quotes
A collection of quotes by Sam Rayburn.
Sam Rayburn was an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for a record 17 years and remains the longest-serving speaker in American history. He was born on January 6, 1882, in Bonham, Texas. Rayburn began his political career in 1912 when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He subsequently served in the U.S. Congress as a representative for Texas from 1913 until his death in 1961.
Known for his exceptional skills in legislative maneuvering and his commitment to bipartisanship, Rayburn played a pivotal role in shaping American legislation during his time in office. He was a strong advocate for civil rights and worked towards passing important legislation, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Social Security Act. Rayburn was also instrumental in the creation of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, which led to the development of the national highway system in the United States.
Beyond his legislative achievements, Rayburn was respected for his integrity and his ability to build relationships across party lines. He was highly esteemed for his fair and transparent leadership as Speaker, where he fostered an environment of respect and cooperation among lawmakers.
Rayburn died on November 16, 1961, in Bonham, Texas, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most influential politicians in American history. His dedication to public service and his commitment to working for the betterment of the American people continue to inspire politicians to this day.
It has always been my ambition since childhood to live such a life that one day my fellow citizens would call me to membership in this popular branch of the greatest lawmaking body in the world. Out of their confidence and partiality they have done this. It is now my sole purpose here to help enact such wise and just laws that our common country will by virtue of these laws be a happier and a more prosperous country. I have always dreamed of a country which I believe this should be and will be, and that is one in which the citizenship is an educated and patriotic people, not swayed by passion and prejudice, and a country that shall know no East, no West, no North, no South, but inhabited by a people liberty loving, patriotic, happy, and prosperous, with its lawmakers having no other purpose than to write such just laws as shall in the years to come be of service to human kind yet unborn. Applause
In my many years as a Representative in Congress it is my observation that the district that is best represented is the district that is wise enough to select a man of energy, intelligence, and integrity and reelects him year after year. A man of this type and character serves more efficiently and effectively the longer he is returned by his people.