Another summer, another 50 Most Beautiful People list

After culling more than 320 nominations, taking thousands of photos and interviewing dozens of candidates, The Hill debuts its sixth annual 50 Most Beautiful People list in Wednesday’s issue.

This year, a male lawmaker reclaims the No. 1 spot after Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) topped the list two years ago. And Democrats outnumber their Republican counterparts by a more than 2-to-1 ratio — a statistic not altogether surprising, considering the Democratic dominance in Congress these days.

The Hill also introduced a new component to this year’s list, the Readers’ Choice contest. This was inspired partly by popular culture — most reality television programs have voting elements to them — but also by political grassroots and netroots action. When I stumbled across a Facebook group dedicated to lobbying someone onto this year’s 50 Most Beautiful People list, I realized the feature was in need of democratic activity.

So, for the first time, readers got the chance to vote two candidates onto the list from a group of eight. The response was overwhelming. When the contest closed Friday, 1,498 votes had come in.

The two winners will be revealed in the list Wednesday. Thank you to Brad Bauman, Eva Bermudez, Alexandra Brunory, Vennia Francois, Arjun Jaikumar, Ty McKeiver, Kathy Mitchell and Andrew Neal — and their supporters — for making the inaugural Readers’ Choice contest a success.

While the Readers’ Choice arrived, the Most Beautiful Office left. That doesn’t mean it won’t reappear in the future.

Other facts about this year’s list:

-There are 30 Democrats, 14 Republicans and six people who said they are nonpartisan or declined to identify their political party.

-There are 27 women and 23 men on the list. Of the women, 16 are Democrats and eight are Republicans. Of the men, 14 are Democrats and six are Republicans.

•Thirty-six beauties are from the House, seven are from the Senate, two are lobbyists and five are from the general Capitol Hill community.

• The youngest person on the list is 21 years old and the oldest is 70. The average age is just above 31 years. One beauty described her age as “off limits.”

•People from the West dominate the list this year, with 17 making the top 50. California alone has 12 of its natives in the feature. The University of California, Los Angeles also has a strong presence on the list; three of its alumni are a part of the group.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s 50 Most Beautiful People list.

Kris Kitt0