We asked elected officials what books they read in their downtime. Here’s what they told us

What books do the politicians who represent you read?

Out of pure curiosity, Mieum Media contacted the offices of elected officials who represent the people of Connecticut to find out what they read in their downtime. We reached out at least four times or until we received a response from the over 200 offices that we contacted. Some responses were to be expected, but some were fascinating! Did your elected officials’ choice of reading surprise you?


The spreadsheet containing all responses we received can be downloaded in .PDF format here.


Citations: 

#1: “The Vietnam War.” Apple Books, 5 Sept. 2017, books.apple.com/us/book/the-vietnam-war/id1189807822. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#2: Bump, Philip. “Trump didn’t release a summer reading list, so we wrote one for him.” The Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2018, http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/08/20/trump-didnt-release-a-summer-reading-list-so-we-wrote-one-for-him/. Accessed 13 May 2019.

#3: “Kevin Ryan at University of New Haven.” Rate My Professors, 5 Jan. 2017, http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=1158124. Accessed 13 May 2019.

#4: Fox 10 Phoenix. “BREAKING: President Trump SURPRISE News Conference.” YouTube, 9 May 2019, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ju7_HxtTJs. Accessed 13 May 2019.

#5: PBS NewsHour. “Watch President Obama Speak on Trump Presidential Victory.” YouTube, 9 Nov. 2016, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr2USTE3L98. Accessed 13 May 2019.

#6: The Washington Post. “George W. Bush’s Ardent Speech on Democracy, in 3 Minutes.” YouTube, 19 Oct. 2017, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOxeXmZYFM. Accessed 13 May 2019.

#7: PBS NewsHour. “Bill Clinton: Monica Lewinsky ‘paid Quite a Price’ for Relationship.” YouTube, 7 June 2018, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MyD0GCOySQ. Accessed 13 May 2019.

#8: “File:Flag of Connecticut.svg.” Wikimedia Commons, 24 Jan. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Connecticut.svg. Accessed 9 Apr. 2019.

#9: “Seal of Connecticut.” Ballotpedia, ballotpedia.org/File:Seal_of_Connecticut.png. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#10: “File:Coat of Arms of Connecticut.svg.” Wikimedia Commons, 5 Oct. 2010, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coat_of_arms_of_Connecticut.svg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#11: “File:Seal of the Senate of Connecticut.svg.” Wikimedia Commons, 13 Jan. 2012, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seal_of_the_Senate_of_Connecticut.svg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#12: “File:Seal of the United States House of Representatives.svg.” Wikimedia Commons, 15 Jan. 2008, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seal_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives.svg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#13: “File:Seal of the United States Senate.svg.” Wikimedia Commons, 17 Jan. 2008, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seal_of_the_United_States_Senate.svg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#14: “File:Seal of the President of the United States.svg.” Wikimedia Commons, 4 July 1960, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seal_of_the_President_of_the_United_States.svg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#15: Kanan. “The Connecticut Map Thread.” Alternate History Discussion, 14 Nov. 2016, http://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/the-connecticut-map-thread.403142/. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#16: “‘Becoming.” Apple Books, 13 Nov. 2018, books.apple.com/us/book/becoming/id1352746782. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#17: “Jillian Gilchrest.” Facebook, 8 Dec. 2018, http://www.facebook.com/626537784202899/photos/941787336011274/. Accessed 13 May 2019.

#18: “Juan Candelaria.” Connecticut House Democrats, http://www.housedems.ct.gov/Candelaria/. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#19: “‘George Washington’s Secret Six.” Apple Books, 5 Nov. 2013, books.apple.com/us/book/george-washingtons-secret-six/id630802613. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#20: “Missed ‘Fox & Friends’? Here’s What Trump Said.” YouTube, 26 Apr. 2018, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxCpOcskJ1o. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#21: “State Senator Norm Needleman.” Facebook, 23 Feb. 2018, http://www.facebook.com/normneedleman/photos/a.622006354623528/955608517929975/. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#22: “‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions.” Apple Books, 16 Oct. 2018, books.apple.com/us/book/brief-answers-to-the-big-questions/id1387235331. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#23: “File:Stephen Hawking 050506.” Wikimedia Commons, 2006, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stephen_Hawking_050506.jpg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#24: “College Physics (7th Edition): Jerry D. Wilson, Anthony J. Buffa, Bo Lou.” Amazon Smile, 28 Mar. 2009, smile.amazon.com/College-Physics-7th-Jerry-Wilson/dp/0321601831. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#25: “Kevin Ryan.” Connecticut House Democrats, http://www.housedems.ct.gov/Ryan/. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#26: “File:John B Larson, Official Portrait, Circa 111 – 112th Congress.” Wikimedia Commons, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_B_Larson,_Official_Portrait,_circa_111_-_112th_Congress.jpg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#27: “File:Rosa DeLauro Official Photo.” Wikimedia Commons, 22 May 2014, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rosa_DeLauro_Official_Photo.jpg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#28: “File:Jim Himes Official Portrait, 113th Congress.” Wikimedia Commons, 11 Mar. 2011, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jim_Himes_Official_Portrait,_113th_Congress.jpg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#29: “File:Jahana Hayes, Official Portrait, 116th Congress.” Wikimedia Commons, 3 Jan. 2019, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jahana_Hayes,_official_portrait,_116th_Congress.jpg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#30: “File:Chris Murphy, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 30 Nov. 2013, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chris_Murphy,_official_portrait,_113th_Congress.jpg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#31: “File:Joe Courtney Official Photo.” Wikimedia Commons, 7 Jan. 2016, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joe_Courtney_official_photo.jpg. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#32: “‘Tiger Woods.” Apple Books, 27 Mar. 2018, books.apple.com/us/book/tiger-woods/id1329476472. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#33: “About John Kissel.” Connecticut Senate Republicans, ctsenaterepublicans.com/about-kissel/. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#34: “‘East of Eden.” Apple Books, 5 Feb. 2002, books.apple.com/us/book/east-of-eden/id357995030. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#34: “Senator Looney on the 2018 Election.” Flickr, 7 Nov. 2018, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/45044501384/in/album-72157626263761144/. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#35: “‘Notes of a Native Son.” Apple Books, 20 Nov. 2012, books.apple.com/us/book/notes-of-a-native-son/id522395577. Accessed 14 May 2019.

#36: “File:Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Official Portrait.” Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 7 Jan. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Governor_Ned_Lamont_of_Connecticut,_official_portrait.jpg. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#37: “1776.” Apple Books, 24 May 2005, books.apple.com/us/book/1776/id381600017. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#38: “File:SusanBysiewiczPic.” Wikimedia Commons, 5 Nov. 2009, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SusanBysiewiczPic. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#39: “‘Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3.” Apple Books, 7 Nov. 2017, books.apple.com/us/book/eleanor-roosevelt-volume-3/id1080535614. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#40: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Apple Books, 14 Oct. 2014, books.apple.com/us/book/the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up/id892137138. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#41: Netflix. “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” YouTube, 12 Dec. 2018, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvyeapVBLWY. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#42: “File:William Tong Stamford Connecticut (cropped).” Wikimedia Commons, 18 Aug. 2007, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Tong_Stamford_Connecticut_(cropped).jpg. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#43: “File:Denise Merrill 2014.” Wikimedia Commons, 14 July 2014, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Denise_Merrill_2014.jpg. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#44: “Comptroller Kevin Lembo.” Facebook, 24 June 2015, http://www.facebook.com/ComptrollerKevinLembo/photos/a.180353748663772/1016927388339733/. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#45: Lockhart, Brian. “Bridgeport State Rep. Ezequiel Santiago Dies at 45.” Connecticut Post, 16 Mar. 2019, http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Bridgeport-state-Representative-dies-13691026.php. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#46: “Christopher Rosario.” Facebook, 13 May 2019, http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157185590118529&set=a.10150241860553529. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#47: “1984.” Apple Books, 4 Apr. 2017, books.apple.com/us/book/1984/id427503546. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#48: CT Senate Democrats. “A Healthy Connecticut.” Flickr, 7 Feb. 2019, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/47019312331/in/album-72157626107967601/. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#49: “‘Under This Roof.” Apple Books, 29 Sept. 2015, books.apple.com/us/book/under-this-roof/id1031833346. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#50: “‘Forged in Crisis.” Apple Books, 3 Oct. 2017, books.apple.com/us/book/forged-in-crisis/id1227567445. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#51: “Oogy.” Apple Books, 12 Oct. 2010, books.apple.com/us/book/oogy/id362263135. Accessed 15 May 2019.

#52: “Pianolated Baseball.” TeknoAXE, 21 Mar. 2017, teknoaxe.com/Link_Code_4.php?q=648. Accessed 13 May 2019. File originally posted online under an applicable Creative Commons license.

#53: “Silent Screen Shenanigans.” TeknoAXE, 1 May 2017, teknoaxe.com/Link_Code_4.php?q=1233. Accessed 13 May 2019. File originally posted online under an applicable Creative Commons license.

#54: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist.