Timeline of Rayburn's Career

Year Event
1906 Elected to the Texas House of Representatives at age 24.
1908 Re-elected to the House.
1910 Re-elected to the House; selected speaker of the Texas House.
1912 Elected to the U.S. House representing the Fourth Texas District.
1937 Selected U.S. House majority leader.
1940 Elected speaker of the U.S. House.
1947 Selected U.S. House minority leader during a Republican-controlled Congress.
1948 Served as chair of the Democratic National Convention.
1949 Elected speaker of the U.S. House.
1952 Served as chair of the Democratic National Convention.
1953 Selected U.S. House minority leader during a Republican-controlled Congress.
1955 Elected speaker of the U.S. House.
1956 Served as chair of the Democratic National Convention.
Aug. 1961 Returned to Bonham due to deteriorating health. John McCormack became Speaker Pro Tem in his absence.
Nov. 1961 Died at age 79.