COWBOYS IN CONGRESS: If you thought there were no cowboys in Washington, think again! Legislators love sporting their leather, block-heeled cowboy boots around the Capitol. Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah, said he has worn them since he was a young man. "As a member of Congress it's fun wearing cowboy boots on Capitol Hill. A bipartisan group of folks from the West wear them," Matheson says. "It's a way to establish a sort of camaraderie and regional distinction and I think that's fun."
When asked if the boots match his suit, the Congressman replied, "Well, I sure think they do. I usually wear Lizards or Kangaroo's and those are great boots, I think they look really nice. I don't wear old scuffed-up boots at work like the ones I wear while riding my horse."
Matheson claims that close to 15 or 20 members of congress sport the sturdy boot on Capitol Hill but they are not the only ones. Cowboy boots have even been in fashion for former Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and the Bushes.