altThis year’s list from GQ magazine of the 50 Most Powerful People in D.C. looks far different from the same list the men’s mag released less than three years ago. 

For one, the person who claimed the top spot back in November 2009 didn’t even make the cut this time around! Guess that’s what happens when you leave your job as White House chief of staff to go become the mayor of Chicago. 

But the exit of Rahm Emanuel made way for the #23 on the 2009 list to make the giant leap and snag first place among Washington’s “Most Powerful.”

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is the big kahuna in the nation's capital, according to GQ. Back in 2009 the mag wrote of the then-House Republican Whip that “he has led the opposition to [President] Obama on virtually every front this year, from the stimulus package to healthcare reform, becoming the unofficial Republican in chief.”

For the 2012 issue, the House majority leader was dubbed, “The Republican whom Democrats — especially Obama — hate most.”

While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also made a gigantic jump this year, bouncing from the #18 slot to #5, other once powerful D.C. bigwigs are noticeably absent from this year’s group.

Maybe making the list isn’t such a power trip after all. VIPs such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) were all counted among the “50 Most Powerful” in 2009.

With Pelosi now the House minority leader rather than Speaker, Nelson and Frank announcing their upcoming retirements from Congress, and Rogers gone from the White House (many speculate because of that whole “White House crashing” incident that happened right around the time the GQ list was published) many of the Washington hotshots just a few years back are nowhere to be found in the 2012 list.