John Fetterman is more than just a senator from Pennsylvania – he is changing fashion in the stuffy Senate.
Senator Fetterman has been wearing his trademark "hoodies and gym shorts" while working for Americans ever since he was praised for "turning heads" and "redefining fashion in the stuffy Senate." This was during his recovery following a six-week stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was treated for "clinical depression" and "fitted for hearing aids for hearing loss that had made it harder for him to communicate."
Now, Fetterman no longer has to worry about adhering to the United States Senate’s dress code, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-New York, has quietly sent a directive to the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms making dress code changes. This allows for Fetterman to comfortably work and meet the needs of those who elected him, without risking fines for not wearing a coat and tie or business attire.
Senator Fetterman has also found a creative “workaround” to the legislative body’s dress code rules. Even when wearing his hoodies and gym shorts, he is able to cast a vote through the doorway of the Democratic cloakroom or the side entrance, making sure his ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ is recorded before returning to the senator gallery.
However, Senator Schumer emphasizes that those entering the chamber must still comply with the dress code. Coats/ties are the norm for men and business attire for women.
Fox confirms that the Senate will no longer enforce a dress code for senators. Senators can now what ever they want. However, others entering the chamber must comply with the dress code. Coats/ties for men. Business attire for women
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 17, 2023
Senator Peter Welch of Vermont praised the enthusiasm that Fetterman now brings to the room since changing up his usual style. "He's setting a new dress code," Welch joked. "He was struggling. And now he’s a joyful person to be around."
The updated rule will go into effect this week. Schumer said he will continue to wear a suit when attending senate chambers.
John Fetterman is changing the definition of suit-wearing etiquette for men in the Senate and has made a great example of how a dress code should not have to be tied down by traditional standards. He is an inspirational figure who has managed to thrive with his own personal style even as he faced some backlash against his more relaxed look.
It’s nice to see that the Senate is allowing clothes that are more comfortable, while still promoting professionalism and decorum on the chamber floor. It is a refreshing change that will allow members of the upper house to focus on their work and serve the Americans who elected them.