Congressman Cole’s office is ‘beauty pageant factory’

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) now has two beauty queens working for him, and one of them is prepping to compete in the Miss America pageant.

Teresa Davis, who works as a staff assistant for the Oklahoma Republican, was just crowned Miss D.C. last month. She’ll go on to represent the nation’s capital at the 88th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

“They kind of call our office now the beauty pageant factory,” Davis, 23, tells ITK with a big laugh.

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Davis is the second woman in the congressman’s office to take home a crown — Mary Anne Morgan, a legislative correspondent for Cole, became the 65th Cherry Blossom Queen last year. A former colleague who used to serve as a staff assistant also competed in a Mr. D.C. fundraiser.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Davis says, reflecting on her office’s beauty pageant winning streak.

Now Davis is busy getting ready for her big debut on the national stage, taking on a hectic schedule of exercise, mock interview practice and charity work raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. But her day job is coming in handy. Morgan has assisted with the pageant prep, and Cole’s communications director “has been really good at helping me with how I word things and [coming] up with creative ideas.”

Cole has also been “so supportive,” Davis says. But she’s not expecting her boss to be among the audience members at the Miss America showdown, noting, “We’re actually going to be in session during those two weeks of Miss America.”

Davis, who landed her job in Cole’s office in March, calls the whole Miss D.C. experience “surreal” and isn’t certain where the future might take her.

“Regardless of what happens at Miss America, I’m really happy with how far I’ve come and all the progress I’ve made since I moved to D.C. If I win Miss America — great. If I don’t, I have a great place to come back to,” she says. She adds, “I want to stay on Capitol Hill for sure,” saying she likes the legislative side but also aims to one day be a press secretary for the State Department.

When ITK asks if Cole could officially boast of having the most “beautiful” office in Congress, Davis laughs before replying, “I wouldn’t say that. But it’s a great office. It’s an office filled with really good people.”