Twitter has given members of Congress a direct line of communication to fans and constituents.
For the most part, the Twitter streams for members of Congress are uninteresting, delegated to an intern or aide.
But a few members have really committed to the medium. Here, we’ve curated a list of the Congressional tweeters who are definitely worth following.
Rep. Justin Amash (R – Mich.) — @repjustinamash
Amash is a libertarian superstar and is very active on Twitter. He justifies each vote on social media and remains consistently engaged with his constituents.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R- Fla.) — @marcorubio
Rubio, the current media darling of the Republican Party, has a particularly active presence on Twitter. In addition to commentary on policy, Rubio also tweets about everything from his thoughts on the NFL to his Floridian perspective on D.C. winter weather.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) — @SenSanders
Sanders, who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs committee, constantly tweets facts about the budget and income inequality in the U.S. Every morning he tweets a daily update and news aggregation.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R- Calif.) — @DarrellIssa
Issa, the chair of the House Government Oversight committee, has a large online following, in part because of his work to kill the Stop Online Policy Act last year. He tweets constantly.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (R-Mo.) — @clairemc
McCaskill is one of the Twitter superstars on Capitol Hill, providing a constant stream of updates about her schedule, social events, legislation in progress and, of course, Supreme Court hat speculation.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) — @ChuckGrassley
Grassley is the undisputed king of Senatorial twitters.
The 79-year-old Senator runs his own twitter and writes about his personal life, constituent meetings and his policy beliefs.
Whether he’s personally live tweeting the inauguration, updating his 65,257 followers about the score of the University of Northern Iowa Panthers game, accidentally tweeting random letters of the alphabet or discussing the fall of the History Channel, the Senator from Iowa dominates the medium.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — @SenRandPaul
The libertarian firebrand doesn’t tweet often, but when he does, people listen. He’s got 83,539 followers and is one of the top ten most frequently retweeted members of the legislative branch.
Rep. Billy Long (R – Mo.) — @auctnr1
Long is a remarkably candid member of Congress who personally controls his twitter account. Long retweets news, adds original commentary, and actively reads his twitter feed. Despite his comparatively paltry follower count, Long is absolutely worth a follow for a look into the unfiltered mind of a congressman.
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) — @SenJohnMcCain
McCain has mastered the use of twitter to talk to constituents, interact with other leaders on the Hill, and take jabs at his critics and opponents.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — @alfranken
The Minnesota Democrat uses twitter to promote causes he’s passionate about and often authors tweets personally.
BONUS: Former Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) — @ScottBrownMA
Despite losing his re-election bid for the U.S. Senate, Brown has stayed active on T. He’s right now watching sports and doing chores for the most part, but the stream remains a must-follow
Several weeks ago, Brown allegedly was tweeting under the influence at haters, at one point tweeting “Bqwhatevwr” in the middle of the night. Needless to say, #FF.