Montana Senator Jon Tester Lugs Around a Suitcase of Meat

 U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill October 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Senate held a hearing to discuss the possibility of further economic sanctions on Iran in light of the recently revealed plot to assassinate a Saudi diplomat in Washington, DC.
Pretending to listen to testimony while daydreaming about the steak he's going to eat later. Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

When he travels from Montana to Washington, D.C., Democratic senator Jon Tester always brings a 40-pound bag filled with "roasts, ribs, round steak and (his favorite) rib steak" made from his home state's delicious cattle, the Times reports today:

“Taking meat with us is just something that we do,” Senator Tester, 55, said over a meal of beef stroganoff cooked by his wife, Sharla, in their Capitol Hill town house. “We like our own meat.”

Such a habit may seem peculiar to some, but its benefits are threefold: Tester gets to enjoy his favorite meat even when he's thousands of miles from home, he ingratiates himself to his constituents with his devotion to Montana's local beef (particularly when articles like this make it into the press), and, if his plane ever crashes into the Andes, he won't have to eat any of his fellow passengers for at least a week or two.