Don’t worry if you forgot the Christmas cards this year, it looks like Rep. Henry Brown picked up the slack.

U.S. House members spent $20.3 million in tax money last year to send constituents what’s often the government equivalent of junk mail — meeting announcements, tips on car care and job interviews, surveys on public policy and just plain bragging.

Leave it to Brown to bring home an award.

Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C., had the most pieces of mass mailings: 1,257,972. His mass mailings’ cost of $171,286 was among the highest in the House, as was the overall cost of his franked mail, at $177,706.

We reported on Brown’s last mailing a few weeks back, and he sent us a new postcard calendar for 2008 over the holidays that went in the recycling bin within minutes.