WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is on a congressional quest to take selfies with all 99 of his fellow U.S. senators – lending to his recent designation as the “Selfie Senator.”
The freshman Democratic senator has recently snapped 11 selfies with U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle, posting his own “Selfies with Fellow Senators” 99-part series to his Instagram account with nearly 40,000 followers.
The first in the series, with Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, was posted one month ago with the caption reading, “A true gentleman and valued source of wisdom for me in the Senate.” The most recent, his 11th selfie, was posted to Booker’s Instagram on Monday with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.
“Chris is a valued friend and colleague who champions many issues I also passionately care about including juvenile justice reform, sensible gun safety measures and infrastructure investment. He is more senior in the senate but he is one of the handful I’m actually older than.”
The second member inducted into Booker’s self-proclaimed selfie series is Sen. Dean Heller, opening the social media posts to the Nevada Republican.
“I so appreciate his bipartisan leadership on Unemployment Insurance Extension. He showed that we can reach across the aisle, compromise and get things done in the Senate,” Booker wrote on the Instagram caption.
Other senators included in Booker’s selfie series: John Boozman, R-Ark., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., John Thune, R-S.D., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Sen. Booker with Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Connecticut)
Sen. Booker with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)
Sen. Booker with Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming)
Sen. Booker with Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota)
Sen. Booker with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)
Sen. Booker with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Sen. Booker with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)
Sen. Booker with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)
Sen. Booker with Sen. John Boozman (R-Arkansas)
Sen. Booker with Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada)
Sen. Booker with Sen. Jim Inhofe (I-Maine)
“Across party lines Senator Paul and I have found common ground around the urgent need to reform our criminal justice system and address the anguished and expensive reality of mass incarceration of nonviolent offenders in the USA,” he wrote on the Kentucky Republican’s photo caption. “We also bonded over our respect for the holiday of Festivus (Senator Paul has a long list of grievances).”
Although Booker may be dubbed the “Selfie Senator” for his social media antics, he noted that South Dakota Republican John Thune is “hands down in the best shape of all the Senators. 8 Years my senior, his work ethic in the Senate gym shames and inspires me to get in better shape.”
Booker’s social media prominence is nothing new; the freshman senator trails only Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for the most Twitter followers with nearly 1.5 million to McCain’s 1.89 million.
And Booker is not the only D.C. politician with an affinity for selfies.
President Barack Obama has photographed his own series of selfies with both domestic and international political leaders including Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
However, Obama’s selfie with Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the funeral for former South African President Nelson Mandela created a slew of social media criticism directed at Obama’s seemingly playful funeral demeanor.