Noem: I’m more than a pretty face

Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.

Rep. Kristi Noem is the best-looking woman in Congress, according to a list published Wednesday by The Hill, a District of Columbia newspaper.

Noem, a first-term Republican from South Dakota, finished eighth in the list, which includes members of Congress, staffers, lobbyists and journalists.

But Noem declined comment to The Hill and her mouthpiece, the not-unattractive-himself Josh Shields, said she doesn’t pay any mind to such lists and the staff isn’t wasting time talking about it, not with the debt crisis looming over America.

Of course, it’s a safe bet inside the office there has been joking and comments. But on the record, it’s who cares?

The woman she defeated for the state’s sole House seat, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, had made the list in the past, as had Sen. John Thune. Neither Herseth Sandlin nor Thune was on it this year, nor were any other South Dakotans.

The story said Noem’s campaign played up her appearance in 2010.

“Last fall’s campaign, in which she defeated Democratic incumbent and 50 Most Beautiful People alumna Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, was rife with images of Noem with gently mussed hair near a bale of hay or leaning against a fence post in the pasture,” according to The Hill.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., was named the best-looking member of Congress. Kinzinger was fifth on the list,

Amy Cheng, the legislative correspondent for Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, topped the list.

Here’s the list, complete with pics of the pretty 50.

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