50 Most Beautiful People for 2011: Page 16 of 50

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Age: 42
Hometown: Chicago
Political party: Democratic 
Relationship status: Single

Who knows how many Capitol Hill staffers have won an Emmy, but count Dena Craig, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-Texas) communications director, has one of them. 

Prior to working for the congresswoman, Craig was a television producer for more than 16 years, working at ESPN and on court shows. The Emmy came while Craig was with the Judge Jeanine Pirro show. 

“That actually is no longer even in syndication, but it doesn’t matter, because we won!” said Craig, a slender brunette with a quick smile. 


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Craig was a little unsure about her resume when she heard about an opening in Johnson’s office, considering that her background wasn’t heavy on politics. 

“TV resumes look like you can’t keep a job” because it’s common for producers to switch projects frequently, Craig explained. “However, when we talked, [Johnson] got it. It was kind of like a click right away.”

That was more than a year ago. Craig is still getting acclimated to Washington, but she loves it.

“I’m still learning my way around,” she said.

Questioned on matters of the heart, Craig said she looks for a man who treats his mother well.

“I think how a man treats his mother is very indicative of how he’ll treat you,” she said. 

Craig laughed when asked for beauty tips.

“I don’t know if there’s a formula for that,” she said. “I think that’s how somebody sees you.

“I think it’s how you feel about you, how you treat other people, what you decide to do with your life," Craig said. “I just don’t strictly think that beauty is something that you can just see.”

—Daniel Strauss

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