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. martin lewis

    what about the young congressman from peoria, IL?

    July 28, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. need new government

    Who cares!

    I would rather see a list of "The 50 Most Effective" but then I guess I wouldn't see a list.

    July 28, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    I am surprised that Sen. Vitter is not on the list. To borrow a sports analogy from Dick Vitale, you might say, 'He's a real diaper dandy!'

    July 28, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Hugo

    Wow, just like Hollyweird...Come to think of it, we are really all on just one big reality TV show...it's called Big Brother's House. Where players (taxpayers) are subjected to economic strife and hardship, self serving elitists that feed and profit off our hard work and of course the slew of idiots that can't tie their own shoe without help.

    July 28, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Larry

    Keep trying CNN. One of these days you'll report some real news.

    July 28, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. FrankG

    The top 2 hottest are Republican women and CNN just can't bring themselves to mention that fact!!! Too funny!

    July 28, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |

    The article fails to mention she was one of only six senators to vote for continued funding of ACORN after the video came out. Come November, she can be beautiful back in upstate NY.

    July 28, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Squeezebox

    Our country will soon fall if we keep electing officials based on looks!

    July 28, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. SR

    What a useless list!
    I don't care if my lawmakers are beautiful or ugly....I want them to be PRODUCTIVE in solving our nation's energy issues, financial crisis, balancing the budget, protecting consumers through consumer legislation, and so on.
    The world has gotten too self-absorbed and so Hollywood everywhere and it seems people are only judged based on their camera appeal.
    Don't forget it was self absorption and laziness combined with arrogance/hubris that brought civilizations like the Roman empire to a halt. We are doing our own selves in with pablum like this.
    Thanks CNN, for contributing to a royal waste of internet space and time.

    July 28, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. conservative liberal

    what if the news media ran a who has the most beautiful news media employees? What place will cnn come in with the likes of Larry King and Alexander Mooney or that Crawley lady? Last place while Fox with all those hot women will blow the rest away.

    July 28, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. douje

    Where is HOT speaker Pelosi????

    July 28, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. jim

    This is such an important story. Especially,since word just came out on the news that the recently passed financial regulation bill that the dems so proudly flaunted has been ruled not subject to the rules of the freedom of information act. So much for transparency by the Obama folks but i 'll bet they claim they didn't know this was wriitten into the bill.

    July 28, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Sleeplessnnc

    Why didn't Pelosi top the list?

    July 28, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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