What book is on your nightstand right now?
I usually read about six books at a time, so I can have a variety. Born to Run [by Christopher McDougall] is the one I’m fascinated by right now. [Editor’s note: Born to Run is about members of an indigenous tribe in Mexico who run great distances barefoot.] I used to be in the shoe business, and a lot of what they say makes sense.
I’m also reading John’s Story by Tim LaHaye. I read [Dan Brown’s] The Lost Symbol, and I’m reading Saving Freedom, which is [Sen. Jim] DeMint’s [R-S.C.] new book.
What magazines do you read regularly?
Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and I also read The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, the Casper Star-Tribune, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.
Which books have most influenced your political philosophy?
When I was in high school, I read The Conscience of a Conservative [by Barry Goldwater] … Incidentally, a paperback copy was 35 cents back then.
Which books about Washington should every member read?
I recommend The Lost Symbol.
What are your favorite novels of all time?
I have many of them, and I go back and reread them. One of them is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Also, [Robert] Ludlum was a favorite author until he died. James Patterson is an interesting one, and he even writes children’s books. C.J. Box is a Wyoming author [I like], and Margaret Cole writes on the Arapaho and Shoshone reservations.
Which author do you most often reference?
I read so many of them, I reference a lot of them. One thing I do is I start every day with One Quiet Moment, a devotional book by Lloyd Ogilvie, who used to be a chaplain here.