By The Hill Staff - 07/27/11 04:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Pleasantville, N.Y.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Boyfriend
Jaymi Light might be embracing life in Washington as a congressional staffer for Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), but she still has a soft spot for Indiana, where she spent her college years.
“People in Indiana are a lot nicer than in D.C.,” she says.
Light’s dedication to political work is matched by her love of cycling. During her time at Indiana University, she competed in the annual Little 500 bike race, a relay-style competition on what is basically a scaled-down version of the Indianapolis 500 track. The race is all about fast speeds, high adrenaline and left turns.
In Washington, Light has kept up her cycling skills with frequent bike rides from Capitol Hill to Mount Vernon, supplemented with jogs past the monuments of the National Mall.
For Light, staying beautiful comes as common sense.
“Try to eat small portions and don’t eat crap all the time,” she laughs.
And don’t forget to take off your face before bed, she says — and with authority. Light previously worked with the Personal Care Products Council, an advocacy group representing the cosmetics industry.
Light has also found the secret to office-fashion success.
“Look for something that fits, but won’t make people do a double-take. Make sure that if you have a meeting with the boss, it’s something that he’s comfortable with,” she says.
Among the biggest challenges of her move to Washington? Light says it has been vital to constantly go outside her comfort zone and make new friends, even while keeping in touch with the old.
Yet she seems to have had little trouble fitting right in with Young’s staff: She’ll be the third aide working in his office to make the 50 Most Beautiful People list.