A Republican state representative from Iowa was caught reading the book Sex After Sixty during a House debate in a photo that has since gone viral. The GOP’er, Ross Paustian, turned 59 on March 3.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Picked Up the Book During a Debate About Teacher’s Rights
The Des Moines Register reports that Paustian was spotted reading the book during a debate in the Iowa House on March 17. The Registers reports that Paustian looked as if he was “passing the time” during the debate on collective bargaining rights for teachers in Iowa.
2. ‘Sex After Sixty’ Is a Gag Gift Book With Empty Pages
The book Sex After Sixty is a gag gift that is filled with blank pages. According to Paustian, the book was being passed around by Republican members of the House. Speaking to the Register, Paustian said, “We could all use a laugh around here.”
3. He Was President of a Pork Farmers Association
According to his profile at the website for the Iowa House Republicans, Paustian is the representative for Walcott, Iowa. He was first elected to the House in 2011 and graduated from Davenport West High School and South Dakota State University. Paustian’s political career began in earnest when he was elected the president of the Scott County Pork Producers. According to another bio, he’s a “fifth-generation crop and livestock farmer.”
4. He’s Married With 2 Grown Kids
The Iowa Legislature website says Paustian is married to woman named Carol and has a son and daughter. His grown kids are named Tom and Jennifer, reports the Quad City Times. In that interview, Paustian also declared his support for Stand Your Ground laws despite the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
5. 61% of American Men Say They’re Sexually Active After 60
According to the Senior Citizens Guide, 61 percent of American men over the age of 60 say that they are sexually active. Only 37 percent of women are. However, only 60 percent of men find sex more satisfying post-60 than before while 62 percent of women say sex is more satisfying in their golden years. The piece adds that there is a “long-held myth that aging inevitably dampens the desire, and that older people are not interested in — or able to have — sex. In fact, the survey shows that older Americans — men and women alike — believe sex can and should remain a vital part of their lives long into older adulthood.”