Sen. Strom Thurmond, already the oldest person ever to serve in Congress, has become only the second senator to cast a 15,000th vote.

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said the historic vote cast Wednesday by the 95-year-old Thurmond "reminds us of the continuity and the stability that the framers of the Constitution sought to establish in the Senate.""None of us has ever seen a senator like Senator Thurmond," said Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., who in May became the first senator to cast a 15,000th vote. "He is a true legend in this institution."