Honk if you’ve seen Rep. Pete Sessions naked. Or, is it nekkid? It don’t matter which way you say it, but if you lived in San Marcos, Texas, in 1974, then you’re probably honking like crazy right now.
Hard to believe, but Sessions, the Texas Republican who decried Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl public nudity incident in January, took part in a raucous, two-night streaking rampage
when he was a freshman at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
Newspaper headlines blared: “Streakers Hit Campus, Several Nudes Caught” and “Dudes, Broads and Bare Bods.” The papers were full of pictures of naked college boys and co-eds streaking through the streets of San Marcos, although HOH could not verify which bare bottom was Sessions.
The mass streaking, which led to a clash with police on the night of March 4, 1974, violated the university’s behavior guidelines, as well as Texas law against indecent exposure.
On the first night of streaking, two Southwest Texas State University students were arrested, then hundreds of others attacked the cops and damaged a police car in protest, the San Antonio News reported. Sessions was streaking in full force the next night. He was quoted prominently in the paper the following day bragging of his prowess.
“Just taking off your clothes and running around is kind of a free spirit thing,” said Sessions, who was two weeks shy of his 19th birthday and a physical education major. He would later transfer to Southwestern University.
The bare-bottomed future Congressman told the newspaper that streaking was “a lot of fun because the university decided to leave us alone and the police watched from a distance.”
The fit young streaker also challenged area colleges to a naked relay race. “There’s no doubt about it,” Sessions said. “That would be a lot of fun. Just getting down, taking off your pants and not being afraid to race ’em.”
Sessions told the paper he was determined to help his school beat the mass streaking record of 258 sprinters set by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Streaking was a national craze in 1974, motivated in large part by — what else? — politics. Some college students “streaked for impeachment” in Washington, D.C., hoping to convince then-President Richard Nixon to “lay bare the facts” about Watergate, according to one wire story that appeared in the San Antonio News.
Fast forward 30 years to today. Sessions, 49, is no longer streaking (that we know of). And he doesn’t want others to, either. After Justin Timberlake instigated Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction, Sessions scolded the performers for using the Super Bowl half-time event to “force their liberal values upon the rest of the country.”
Sessions, who is locked in the political battle of his life with Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas), said after the Super Bowl striptease that the Hollywood elites can “have the San Francisco nightclubs and the New York performance stages, but they can’t have the Super Bowl. Enough is enough.” Oh, and apparently they can have the streets of San Marcos. But really, that’s it. No mas.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.