Facebook adds another page to lawmakers’ life stories

If there’s any question about whether lawmakers are using Facebook for political purposes, look no further than the profile of Sen. Tom HarkinTom HarkinDistance education: Tumultuous today and yesterday Grassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream MORE (D-Iowa).

“Spending time with my family, climbing, flying, hiking, working for my constituents in Iowa,” reads the “activities” section of the Iowa senator’s profile. He’s one of many who highlight their public service on their Facebook profile.

Content of lawmakers’ pages varies widely, with some lawmakers merely pasting verbiage from their official websites into their “About Me” descriptions and others using a folksier approach to provide little-known details of their likes, dislikes, habits and personal lives.

Noteworthy contents of lawmakers’ profiles:

• In her profile photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) reveals that she can bowl in a skirt, her arms and legs extended into a star formation as a purple ball plops onto a lane.

• Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyWhite House clarifies: We condemn all violence Republican lawmakers criticize Trump response to Charlottesville Grassley reverses ‘expectation’ of Supreme Court vacancy this year MORE (R-Iowa) provides a personal e-mail address — chuck_grassley@yahoo.com — on his profile. But a message sent there went unanswered.

• Rep. Ron KindRon KindDemocratic rep calls on Wisconsin governor to expand Medicaid Congress should prioritize small farmers and taxpayers over Big Ag Why Trump is fighting Canada on softwood lumber and dairy MORE (D-Wis.) received a birthday wish on his page from a profile identified by the username and photo of Wes Clark, former Army general and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate. “Ron — Happy Birthday! — Wes,” the message reads.

• The political designation “moderate” has convened an odd group of lawmakers. They include Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Susan CollinsSusan CollinsOPINION: Congress should censure Trump for his unfit conduct No. 2 Senate Republican backs McConnell in Trump fight The fight to protect the Affordable Care Act isn’t over MORE (R-Maine) and Reps. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.), Jim GerlachJim GerlachFormer reps: Increase support to Ukraine to deter Russia With Trump and GOP Congress, job creators can go on offense Big names free to lobby in 2016 MORE (R-Pa.), Mark KirkMark KirkImmigration critics find their champion in Trump Trump's nominee to lead USAID has the right philosophy on international aid McConnell: Senate to try to repeal ObamaCare next week MORE (R-Ill.) and Dennis Moore (D-Kan.).

• Those who logged into Rep. Tim Ryan’s (D-Ohio) profile last week would have seen that he is one of the few lawmakers who make frequent use of Facebook’s popular status-update feature. Last week Ryan informed his Facebook friends, “Tim is in a sub-committee hearing,” and “Tim is out of session until next week!”

• Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) profile seems purposefully bland, listing such activities as “spending time with my grandchildren; also art, theater, and of course, politics.”