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 HarkinThe Hill's 12:30 Report Distance education: Tumultuous today and yesterday Grassley challenger no stranger to defying odds 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks, background checks Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks 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 KindRonald (Ron) James KindLive coverage: Day four of the Ways and Means GOP tax bill markup Live coverage: Day two of the Ways and Means GOP tax bill markup Contentious debate begins on tax reform 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 Margaret CollinsBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program A bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Maine) and Reps. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.), Jim GerlachJames (Jim) 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 KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns 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.”