Sen. Harry Reid Sets Record As Filibuster Killer : It's All Politics Sen. Harry Reid won 69 percent of efforts to overcome filibuster threats, giving him the record. Reid surpassed his Republican predecessor, Bill Frist of Tennessee, and Mike Mansfield, a Massachusetts Democrat who was leader in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Sen. Harry Reid Sets Record As Filibuster Killer

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Sen. Harry Reid on the Senate floor in December 2010.

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Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has set what many people would consider a dubious record; he has become the Senate majority leader with the highest success rate in killing filibuster threats.

Not the world's most important fact but it might conceivably help someone win a trivia contest.

Roll Call reports that Reid set the record during the just completed 111th Congress.

A Roll Call excerpt:

Though the Nevada Democrat’s batting average took a nose dive in 2010, Reid won 69 percent of his total attempts to shut down threatened filibusters in the two years of the 111th Congress that began January 2009.

Two former Majority Leaders — Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.) — share the next best record; both won 63 percent of the time in the 109th Congress and the 94th Congress, respectively.

It's a dubious achievement because it partly reflects just how hyperpartisan the Senate has become. He got a lot of practice ending filibuster threats because there were so many lodge by Republicans to begin with.

Also, Reid was fortunate in that he at certain points had a majority containing the magical 60 votes needed to end move legislation past filibusters. It included two independents who voted with the Democrats.