Nothing says “America” like a good beard. And yet, so few politicians are wearing one these days.
Even as the symbol of good ol’ fashioned ruggedness has been embraced by hipsters nationwide, it has fallen out of favor among members of Congress. But fear not, beard aficionados: a new PAC supporting bearded federal candidates seeks to bring political power to wearers of facial hair. The Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy (BEARD for short—cute) has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission, reports The Hill.
“We haven’t had a bearded major party candidate run for president since Charles Evans Hughes ran and lost in 1916, and there has been a recent wave of retirements amongst bearded Congressmen, including David Obey and Steve LaTourette. Our hope is that we can start to reverse this disturbing trend,” the group’s founder told The Hill.
Indeed, the ranks of bearded members of Congress have thinned (pun intended). Below are remaining House members and senators with beards. And yes, goatees are included, as they are defined as “small pointed or tufted beards.”