Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) may have had a rough few weeks after taking criticism for her now infamous letters about the Muslim Brotherhood, but a ray of sunshine hit her and a few other Congressional members last week as "The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People" list was released. Bachmann was number 10 on the list.
The annual list contains only a handful of the 535 Members of Congress and is mainly comprised of young staff members who work for individual Congressmen or one of several committees that are the backbone of work on Capitol Hill.
Bachmann, 56, was the highest "rated" member on the list. As a GOP presidential candidate, she updated her wardrobe and appearance, even hiring a Fox News make-up artist to help out while she was on the campaign trail. However, the Minnesota Congresswoman says she is a "bottom feeder" when it comes to shopping and likes to hit the sales racks when buying clothes.
Other elected officials include Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) at number 12, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) at number 16, former physician Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) in the 33rd spot and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) finishing in the 41st position.
Ayotte, 44, is the only member of the Senate who made the list and says she tries to stay fit by playing on the Congressional softball team.
Hayworth, 52, who is serving her first term in Congress, says she struggles to get enough sleep while in D.C., sometimes only getting four to five hours a night, but she tries to eat well while rushing between appointments and committee meetings. Her one dietary challenge is her affinity for chocolate while trying to eat well.
Scott, 65, tries to keep fit when he's in Washington by playing tennis and squash with other members of Congress.
Among the staffers that made it on the list were many in their twenties and thirties. However, one notable staffer on the list is Ron LeGrand, 62, counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. In addition to his stately appearance, LeGrand attributes his political success to his mother who he said instilled in him a call to public service.
"I always try to live a life that would make her proud," he says of the 88-year-old Jersey City resident. "I think we have a responsibility toward each other and toward the communities we are a part of."
And who had the honor of being named number 1 most beautiful person on Capitol Hill?
That honor goes to 25-year-old Max Engling, a former model and now staffer for the House Administration Committee, and who has his eyes set on a career in politics.
"You felt like you weren't creating anything," he told The Hill of his time as a model. "Your time wasn't necessarily going to a good cause."