On June 15, democratic senators took to the floor and filibustered for more than 14 hours straight over gun control reforms. As usual, social media users took to their accounts, tweeting their opinions and updates on the event. However, the real star of the show was the court reporter, who quietly went about her job, accurately recording the filibuster. With the hashtag #filibuster trending, many Twitter users commended the court reporter, who was working in the background, with her steno machine hung around her neck.
-And high-five to the lady recording the minutes. Senate stenographer? You go girl!#filibuster
-Can’t get enough of this #filibuster lady. She’s rocking the mobile stenographer like a rock star.
– The stenographer is my hero, too. I complain about having to take minutes at my dept. meeting and she’s on her feet at midnight. #filibuster
Recording the written word accurately for long periods of time is simply part of the job for court reporters, and the public often overlooks the amazing skill and effort that it takes. The focus and determination required by a court reporter, who must remain concentrated on the subject at hand, is both impressive and inspiring. It’s great to see a court reporter getting some well-deserved recognition!