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Durbin definitely representing for moms

Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin loves to talk about moms. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Illinois Democrat leads the current Congress in mentioning the words “mom” or “mother,” according to a recent analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, using its Capitol Words search engine that allows users to track the verbiage emanating from Capitol Hill.

The only other person to use the m-words more often than Durbin is former senator Rick Santorum — even though the Pennsylvania Republican has been out of office for six years, he’s still the record-holding champ in the use of the word “mother,” according to the database. Durbin’s still tops in uttering the word “mom.”

Democrats overall use the word “mother” more often than Republicans, but both parties are about even in their use of “mom,” the analysis found.

Behind Durbin, the other top honor-ers of maternal types include: Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.); Rep. Louie Gomert (R-Tex.); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio); Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ; Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio); Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.); and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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