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Hatch, now in his seventh term, first published a book in 1983 expanding on what he said were the myths and realities of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 2002, he wrote "Square Peg: Confessions of a Citizen Senator," and the Utah Republican, who is Mormon, has written two books about Christianity.

His 2012 book, "An American, a Mormon and a Christian: What I Believe," earned the senator $1,500 last year in royalties. But Hatch also made $3,500 for helping to write songs.

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Billet, the George Washington University professor who is also an author, says writing books isn’t the quickest way to get rich but added that it’s impressive how members of Congress take the time to write books — assuming they’re not ghost-written — while dealing with grueling schedules.

"It’s hard to carve out that kind of time," Billet says.

Given the long list of members who do, though, suggests politicians feel like it’s worth it.

tburr@sltrib.com




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