Whatever your political persuasion, if you're an animal lover, you've got to love Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a staunch supporter of animal welfare both in his personal life and on the Senate floor.
In honor of his birthday on Monday, here are five reasons why Booker's a bipartisan favorite.
1. He's a real-life superhero.
When Booker was the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, he heard that a dog had been accidentally trapped outside in the freezing cold. Booker dropped everything to go save the dog, and called the owners himself to sort it all out.
A few months later, he heard about a dog who had been locked in a crate for four days. Again, he went to save him.