Want More Bearded Politicians? There’s a PAC for That

April 4, 2013, 12:10 p.m.

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.”