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Best and Worst of Congress 2012
Comments () | Published August 29, 2012


1. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

2. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)

3 John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Voting the party lines.


1. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.)

2. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

3. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

The Texas Democrat got mostly Republican votes—as did (surprise!) the Oversight Committee chair and the majority leader.

Rising Star

1. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)

2. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)

3. Diane Black (R-Tenn.)

Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference, has been mentioned as a VP pick.

Most Eloquent

1. David Dreier (R-Calif.)

2. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

3. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

Dreier and Hoyer impress staffers in both parties.

Least Eloquent

1. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.)

2. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

Votes here were mostly partisan, but there were crossovers, too.


1. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.)

2. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)

Lee got another bipartisan nod, but Sherman’s votes came from his side of the aisle.


1. Lois Capps (D-Calif.)

Lots of members were named, but repeat winner Capps came out on top. Kentucky’s Brett Guthrie got the most GOP votes.


1. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)

The retiring Massachusetts wit won in a bipartisan landslide.

Party Animal

1. Tie: John Boehner (R-Ohio), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)

Don’t Democrats have any fun?

Surprise Standout

1. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

2. Tie: James Lankford (R-Okla.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.)

Conservative Gowdy polled the most votes, but all three freshmen have impressed their bases.

Biggest Disappointment

1. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

2. Tie: Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.)

Pelosi’s votes were all GOP, Duffy’s mixed. Majority whip McCarthy and freshman-class president Scott were dissed by their own, Quayle by the opposition.

Hottie (Male)

1. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)

2. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

3. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)

Schock is a repeat winner. Former Air Force pilot Kinzinger and “Real World” star Duffy are newcomers. Dems with the most votes: Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Steny Hoyer (Md.), Cedric Richmond (La.).

Hottie (Female)

1. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.)

No one else came close to the comely rancher and former South Dakota Snow Queen.

Gym Rat

1. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)

2. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

3. Tie: Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)

And working out certainly appears to pay off.


1. John Dingell (D-Mich.)

2. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

3. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)

Dingell and Hoyer got votes from both parties. The Republican with the most votes was California’s David Dreier.


1. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)

2. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

3. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)

Johnson and Foxx got tagged by the opposition, Bachmann by both parties.

Best Tweeter

1. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

2. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)

3. Tie: Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)

All prolific, 140 characters at a time.

Worst Tweeter

1. Former representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)

Clear winner, pants down.

Most Partisan

1. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

2. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

3. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)

The votes were purely partisan, too, of course.

Least Partisan

1. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio)

2. Tie: Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah)

So partisan is Congress that moderates LaTourette and Boren aren’t running again. Matheson’s district is the most Republican one represented by a Democrat.

Fashion Victim

1. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

2. Tie: Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)

DeLauro and Lee are repeat winners. Apparently not everyone adores Wilson’s trademark hats.

Most Likely to Star in a Scandal

1. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.)

2. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)

3. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)

Once under investigation, always under a cloud?

Least Likely to Star in a Scandal

1. Lois Capps (D-Calif.)

2. Tie: Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Sam Johnson (R-Tex.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

All straight arrows—but not necessarily dull.

Best Dressed

1. David Dreier (R-Calif.)

2. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

3. Rob Bishop (R-Utah)

Both Californians have won for years. In partisan voting, the Utahan was also a runner-up for Fashion Victim.

Most Likely to Be President Someday

1. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

2. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)

Ryan was Hill staffers' top pick weeks before he was Mitt Romney's.

Person I’d Like to See as President in 2017

1. Paul Ryan

2. Hillary Clinton

3. Mitt Romney

Do Ryan fans discount the possibility of a second—or first—Romney term?


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  • losapio

    Really? The one woman in the picture and you decided to have it be the Hottie award? I'm disappointed in the Washingtonian for not being smarter than that.

  • I would give the Best Tweeter award to Anthony Weiner.

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