Congressional baseball game: Who are the best athletes in Congress

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Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, right, high-fives Rep. William Timmons, R-S.C., left, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, after hitting a single and being removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning of the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Washington. The Congressional Republicans won 10-0. The annual baseball game between Congressional Republicans and Democrats raises money for charity. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Patrick Semansky/AP

Congressional baseball game: Who are the best athletes in Congress

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The Congressional Baseball Game is a time for Republicans and Democrats to show off their athletic prowess in a charity exhibition match, but several of the members of Congress were athletes prior to their days in the United States Capitol.

Here is a look at seven of the best current and former athletes currently serving in the House of Representatives and the Senate.


Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI)

Gallagher won the title “fastest overall member in Congress” by being the fastest representative or senator in the ACLI Capital Challenge 5K running race in Washington, D.C., last month. The Wisconsin Republican has won that title for every year he has competed in the race, dating back to 2017.

“On paper this was a victory. In reality, my time was slow. Like America after the fall of the Berlin Wall, like Senator Tom Cotton after the 2016 ACLI, victory is defeating me. Let this be a lesson to all past-their-prime-politicians raging against the dying of the light: complacency kills,” Gallagher said in a statement following his 2023 victory.

Gallagher’s gun time in 2023 was 20:04, but his best time in the race came in 2017 when he had a gun time of 18:36.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ)

Sinema, an avid runner, touts herself as an ultramarathoner and has finished the Boston Marathon. Her 2023 Boston Marathon time was 3:57:27.

At the 2023 ACLI Capital Challenge 5K running race, Sinema defended her title as the fastest female member of Congress with a gun time of 22:11. She has held the title of fastest woman in Congress by finishing first among congresswomen since 2018.

Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT)

Owens was sworn into office as a congressman in January 2021, but 40 years earlier, he won Super Bowl XV as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

The now-Utah Republican played defensive back for the University of Miami before being drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the NFL draft in 1973. He played with the Jets from 1973 to 1979, later playing for the Oakland (and later Los Angeles) Raiders from 1980 until 1982.

During his NFL career, he complied 30 interceptions, four touchdowns, and 13 fumble recoveries, per Pro Football Reference.

Rep. Collin Allred (D-TX)

Alred also played in the NFL for five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, from 2006 to 2010. The now-Texas Democrat played linebacker for Baylor University before signing with the Titans in 2006 as an undrafted free agent.

During the 2010 season, Allred suffered a “career-ending injury,” causing him to not continue playing football after that season.

Allred played in 32 games and started in two games, assembling 31 solo tackles and 15 assists on tackles, per Pro Football Reference.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)

Tuberville, best known for being the head coach of various college teams, including Auburn University and the University of Mississippi, also played football prior to his coaching career.

The now-Alabama Republican also played Safety for Southern Arkansas University from 1972 to 1975.

Tuberville won one SEC Championship while coaching Auburn and was named National Coach of the Year in 2004.

Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)

Mullin is a former MMA fighter and a 2016 inductee to the Oklahoma Wrestling Hall of Fame.

He touts his 5-0 professional record on his senate website while also saying he remains active in the wrestling community.

“Mullin has remained active in the wrestling community since his retirement from the sport, continuing to coach his children and other young athletes in wrestling tournaments across the country on weekends through today,” Mullin’s Senate bio says.

Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS)

Davids touts herself as “highly trained in martial arts,” having also competed in MMA.


She had a 5-1 record as an amateur and a 1-1 record as a professional fighter, per MMA Fighting

Of the congressional athletes listed above, only Allred is participating in the 2023 Congressional Baseball Game.

© 2023 Washington Examiner

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