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House Speaker Paul Ryan made major headlines after he decided to stop shaving and grow out his beard in the final months of 2015, becoming the first House Speaker in approximately 90 years to do so.

The intense debate regarding Ryan’s facial hair was fleeting, however, as he made the disappointing decision to shave at the beginning of the following year.

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But there might be a new beard on Capitol Hill.


MSNBC host Joe Scarborough inquired about Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) facial trends during a Wednesday “Morning Joe” interview. Following a series of questions on important Senate happenings, Scarborough made a joke about Cotton’s follicles.

“All right. Tom Cotton, thank you for being with us. By the way, you — you probably were late getting to work. You forgot to shave this morning,” Scarborough quipped.

Cotton’s response gave pogonophiles everywhere hope.

“I grew a winter beard and I’ve got the one force that mostly causes men to shave their beard — their wives at home,” he said. But according to Cotton, his wife, Anna, likes the scruff.

“My wife likes my beard and so I’m going to keep it for a while,” he promised.

Perhaps Cotton will inspire some of his colleagues to do the same.

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