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For the record, Patty Murray's favorite word is "help." Maria Cantwell's is "oil". Cathy McMorris Rodgers' is "students."

In the Idaho congressional delegation, Mike Crapo's fave is"energy". Jim Risch's is "guard". Walt Minnick's is "Idaho".

That's the conclusion of Capitol Words,  a new Web site that combs through the Congressional Record for speeches and comments by members of Congress, then counts how many times they use words other than a or the or and or...well, you get the picture. 

The record for some of the region's honorables is much longer, because they've been around for years. For Minnick and Risch, who just arrived in January, it's sparse, but the site also tracks their predecessors Larry Craig and Bill Sali.

Go inside to see the top 5 for each.


Sen. Patty Murray, D
1. help
2. country
3. families
4. jobs
5. health

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D
1. oil
2. energy
3. care
4. tax
5. markets

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R
1. students
2. children
3. Washington
4. parents
5. energy


Sen. Mike Crapo. R
1. energy
2. Idahoans
3. stories
4. prices
5. share

Sen. Jim Risch, R
1. guard
2. equipment
3. billion
4. reserve
5. formula

Rep. Walt Minnick, D
1. Idaho
2. water
3. community
4. honor
5. Minnick

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