ABC’s Alexander Mallin, Erin Dooley and Ryan Struyk report:
Congress’ annual two-week Spring vacation from the nation’s capital is well underway, and many of the 535 lawmakers are following the tradition of sharing their wild (and in some cases, mild) experiences via social media.
What exactly does Spring Break mean for a typical Washington politician? From what we found, it’s fairly clear that most of them graduated from college a long time ago — although New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker did spend some time back in high school this week.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Co., tweeted a photo of himself with a mouthful of matzah (it’s Passover, after all — Chag Sameach!) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., strapped on some sneakers to train for next week’s Boston Marathon.
Then there were Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who took to Twitter to share photos from their Eurotrip with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Nothing says spring break like ocean-side military protocols.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) April 15, 2014
— Senator John Hoeven (@SenJohnHoeven) April 16, 2014
House Speaker John Boehner traveled to Afghanistan along with seven other House Republicans to soak up some sun and visit troops as well as Ambassador James Cunningham and General Joseph Dunford, according to the Speaker’s office.
Spring Break, it seems, is a great time for lawmakers to pig out. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., tweeted out this photo of her and a large stone pig in front of Farmland, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.
Sen. Lindsey Grahm, R-SC, hosted a good ole’ southern barbeque.
And the Jewish Rep. Jared Polis, D- Colo., noshed on Matzah in honor of Passover.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., daydreamed about pizza crust stuffed with hotdogs, chili and cheese.
Just learned New Zealand Pizza Huts sell pizza w crust stuffed w hot dogs stuffed w chili & cheese. Go there soon must I. — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) April 16, 2014
Other lawmakers used the holiday as a chance to get in shape. Reps. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz, and Joe Kennedy, III, D-Mass. kept busy training for the Boston Marathon.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W.Va., celebrated her dad’s 91st birthday.
A few lawmakers kew where to go to recapture the wild spring break zeitgeist — back to school. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, certainly captured the heart of the young, hip set. Way to go, #bro.
Reps. Walter Jones, R-NC, Joe Heck, R- Nev, Patrick Murphy, D-Fla. and Lee Terry, R-Neb., also tried to drum up support from young people.
And Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., apparently thought no one’s too young to care about Congress.
Some GOPers used their break to get a head start on higher political ambitions. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, traveled to the early presidential primary state of South Carolina to talk to the Free Enterprise Foundation.
And 2012 Vice Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., made a spring break appearance in the ever-crucial swing state of Ohio to talk about the economy.
And failed 2012 presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is retiring from the House this election cycle, kept her 2016 options open by traveling Liberty University in the swing state of Virginia.
Some didn’t even take off work at all. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D- Ill., strapped on his working boots.
Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Penn., hosted a field hearing at Drexel University with members of the House Homeland Security Committee to talk cybercrime.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., spent part of his spring break using public buses to talk with constituents and jumping on the selfie bandwagon with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
And what would Spring Break be without town halls?
Tons, and tons of town halls.
— Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack) April 16, 2014
Way too many town halls.
Harlan Town Hall 31 ppl Topics-Ukraine, PostOffice,Obamacare, GasTax,regs, SocialSecurity, Benghazi,ForeignAid, FlatTax, immig, debt,MinWage
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) April 15, 2014
Kicking off the prairie chicken town hall in Roswell. pic.twitter.com/5dc3WPdE8g
— Steve Pearce (@RepStevePearce) April 15, 2014
— Sen. McConnell Press (@McConnellPress) April 15, 2014