If you believe what you see on television, Washington, D.C., is full of attractive people. And one of Illinois' own representatives was named one of the most beautiful people on Capitol Hill Thursday.
Rep. Cheri Bustos cracked the top ten in The Hill's annual "50 Most Beautiful" list, ranking eighth overall and first for elected officials. The list includes politicians, staffers, consultants, reporters and lobbyists.
Bustos is a Democrat who represents a large swath of the northwestern portion of Illinois in the 17th District.
In her interview, the Illinois congresswoman expressed her goal of not only flipping the House and Senate majorities, but filling them with women and people of color.
“In both of those areas, we are so underrepresented,” she told The Hill.
Bustos, who is facing a reelection bid in November against Republican newcomer Patrick Harlan, also discussed the benefits playing in a mixed-party congressional women’s softball game. She said she strives to work across the aisle for bipartisan solutions as much as possible.
However, the congresswoman also noted that after the work week is over on Fridays, her and her family “turn politics off” to go out for pizza and beer.
Earlier this week, Bustos’ name was floated as a potential Democratic challenger to Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 gubernatorial race. Nevertheless, her campaign said that it was too early for her to consider a potential bid.
“With just 62 days until the election, Congresswoman Bustos in focused on doing three things -serving her constituents, stopping Donald Trump, and electing Democrats up and down the ticket who will fight Governor Rauner’s failed downturn agenda,” Bustos’ campaign manager Stacy Raker said in a statement. “She is proud of her record of getting real results for working families, veterans, children and seniors, but 2016 is the only election she’s thinking about right now.”
Chicago’s Breely Ungar, the project consultant for APCO Worldwide, also made The Hill’s list.