July 28th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
11 years ago

Six lawmakers make 'Beautiful' list

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/28/art.gillibrand.0728.thehill.jpg caption =" Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ranks third on The Hill’s list of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill."](CNN) - It's been said Washington is the Hollywood for ugly people, but don't tell a handful of lawmakers that.

The Hill - a daily publication that covers Washington - is out with its annual 50 Most Beautiful People list and six members of Congress have landed coveted spots in the newspaper's yearly roundup of the more attractive Capitol Hill inhabitants.

Coming in at No. 3 is New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's replacement who has lost 40 pounds since joining the upper chamber a year and a half ago.

At No. 7 is California Rep. Judy Chu, the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress who won a special election to replace current Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Chu, a psychology Ph.D., says she stays grounded in the Capitol's dizzying halls by "taking a breather every once in a while."

The No. 9 spot is filled by Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., "a known fitness nut," the Hill says, who "converted one the gym's racquetball courts into a space dedicated to martial arts, yoga, pilates and the P90X exercise program."

Jackson, who once weighed more than 300 pounds, underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2004 and tells the magazine he maintains his currently-lean physique via martial arts and Yoga.

Also making the cut is Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown – the Republican who stunned Democrats early this year when he won the seat held by Ted Kennedy for more than four decades. While Brown has famously had no qualms about posing for magazines in the past, the Hill says the newly-minted senator suddenly became camera-shy when it came to this list.

"It's a safe bet that Brown will never live down his past as a male model," the Hill writes. "But for now, when he travels the Capitol, he stays buttoned up."

Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-California, and Anna Eshoo, D-California, round out this year's list of stunning lawmakers.

soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. rdepontb

    Well, a handsome woman, to be sure. And not that there's anything at all wrong with her or her looks, but do we see a blond, somewhat-Romney set of facial features here?

    July 28, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    Beauty is only SKIN-DEEP!! Gathering from the WEIGHT mentioned, no one can be beautiful if they are HEAVY!!! What about the MIND?

    I'm not knocking 'losing weight' but don't let that be front and center. Centerfolds also seem to be an asset!!

    July 28, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Dave

    Are you sure that Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi did't make it?

    July 28, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    This ranks up there with one of the absolutely most stupid articles ever posted on this ticker.

    July 28, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |

    What on Earth has happened to CNN? Why is this newsworthy? It is beneath CNN to mention such a trivial meaningless item. I expect more than this drivel.

    July 28, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. SkiDoc

    More liberal media hypocrisy........

    Does anyone at CNN think Sarah Palin is beautiful?

    July 28, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. ToldUSo

    Oh wow! we have unemployment rising, the oil slick has disappeared fearing the worse, new oil spill in gulf, consumer confidence lower sooo lets look at the beautiful Dems in DC!

    Still wondering why ratings are so low CNN?

    July 28, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Justin

    Isn't it great how our legislators can stay fit and do their job at the same time.

    July 28, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Andrew

    "Beautiful" has to do with a person's heart and spirit, which means generally that some Democrats and most Republicans could not possibly be on this list.

    July 28, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Come on! Does anybody really care how they look? I'm more interested in how these six govern!

    July 28, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Chris~Albany, NY

    Trust me, if you've seen Sen. Gillibrand in person you'd have a different opinion.

    July 28, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. kjetil1979

    I belive people that make sutch stupid list are very shalow and stupid. Im shocked that a magazine and even cnn can publish a list like that. Shame on you.

    July 28, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. vwrtb

    Employers no longer have to compete for employees... Do you Think you have a unique skill...? Your employer has 12 people ready to take your job for less money... Kids eager to take your job and willing to do it for no pension... For less money and for longer hours... Republicans are corporate tools to exploit the american workforce... and if they can't they will just go overseas and exploit them... Less taxes does not encourage domestic job growth in the least... How anyone vote republican is amazing... And disgusting...

    July 28, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. diridi

    then they should go for "Energy and Climate Reform, and then Immigration reform". okay....

    July 28, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Duane Dillon

    Beauty is only skin deep. There is only a few democraps in DC who has a beautiful soul, as they care about government control of the American individual, and that ain't pretty.

    July 28, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. hypocricnnation

    Well Then, Who's On The Washington (And Presidents) Shit List? Inquiring And Speculative Minds "Gots!" To Know!

    July 28, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Wayne

    I didn't know being beautiful made you a better senator or congress person.Looks don't get the job done for the people.But if it did ,I believe we would have a lot better looking bunch of senators and congress persons then what we have now. Must be someone has nothing better to do but be obsessed with another persons looks then worry about how this country is going downhill fast.

    July 28, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Bob in Pa

    It's time to stop putting our political representatives on a pedestal. These people are not special, they are not more knowledgeable than anyone else, and they are certainly not more "beuatiful" than anyone else.

    July 28, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Thats great lets have a beauty padgent someone go call Donald Trump and Perez Hilton A.S.A.P.

    July 28, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    There is nothing beautiful about a tea party take over of the GOP. Get out and vote for anyone who stands up to them (even if they are ugly vote for them)

    July 28, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. gt

    nice list ... now how about one that are obese... the women sen. form michigan sure will top the scales ... they are very poor examples.. horay for the sen, from ny...

    July 28, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. kaisersouse

    pics or it never happened

    July 28, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. Festus

    Let's just say, you wouldn' t want to be out of the top 10 on that list...

    July 28, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why is this posted here? Is this really necessary or related to the policy making or bill preporation that Congress is doing? I don't think so; please keep this kind of stuff off.

    July 28, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. what ever this list meant...

    No. 9 spot is filled by Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr?

    Nope, the stuff that these guys spew about racism is not beautiful and compounds problems

    they jump on every thing and frame it as though the 'end is near' and 'the worst thing ever'


    nothing about Mr. Jackson, his father or Mr. Sharpton is beautiful, they are constantly pulling us apart, not trying to bring the U.S. together

    July 28, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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