In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to see what Congress keeps close to its heart. Using Capitol Words, we searched the Congressional Record to see what lawmakers love from the good ole’ U. S of A. to baked goods to — well, themselves.
Comparing these common declarations, Capitol Words shows that Democrats and Republicans are pretty even when it comes to love (50% to 49%, respectively), while Republicans say “I hate” more than their colleagues across the aisle (54% to 45%).
Congress regularly mentions a love of country and our democratic principals. Since 1996, the phrase “I love my country” is more popular among Democrats than Republicans. However, GOP lawmakers say “I love the Constitution” more.
Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell love their chamber, but former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) said “I love the Senate” more than anyone else. When the current Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie served in Congress, he said “I love the House” the most.
Our elected officials like to talk about their personal interests, too. Former comedian Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) loves TV, and Reps. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) love football. And former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) loves pie (but not pie charts).