‘Perhaps the greatest photo, ever?’ ‘Sex After Sixty’ during House debate

Constituents expect their representatives to be quick studies and certainly understand that this may entail reading while conducting the people’s business , but a state lawmaker really pushed the envelope with his choice of reading material during a recent debate on the Iowa House floor.


State Rep. Ross Paustian is taking lots of heat after Des Moines Register reporter Brianne Pfannenstiel snapped a photo of him reading “Sex After Sixty” in the legislative chamber.

Pfannenstiel did the Republican no favors when she posted the photo on Twitter for all to see:

Paustian, 59, certainly made no effort to hide his actions. As one social media user asked: “Bravado or oblivious?”

The lawmaker later explained that a colleague who had just turned 60 received the book as a gag gift and handed it to him to look at — Paustian certainly seems to be engrossed by the content.

“I knew what was going on. I knew how we were going to vote on amendments,”  he told local ABC affiliate KCRG. “So it wasn’t like I wasn’t paying attention to what was going on.”

“If any of my constituents were offended, I apologize,” he said. “I certainly wasn’t trying to offend anybody. I’m doing my job here for my constituents.”

As for the reaction to the photo, as you might expect, social media users had a field day.

Here is a sampling of responses as seen on Twitter:

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Tom Tillison


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