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The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People

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Age: 44
Hometown: Nashua, N.H.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Married

Her last name might be a tongue-twister, but Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteThe Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP Audit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years MORE (R-N.H., and AY-ott) could become a household figure by the end of the year, what with all the swirling vice-presidential speculation. 

Like the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate (remember when no one knew how to pronounce Palin?), Ayotte is a young mom who’s relatively new to the national political scene. But the similarities end there. In her first two years in Congress, she has kept her head down and sought out bipartisan and bicameral allies, joining a weekly running group with Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump hits federally funded clinics with new abortion restrictions Dem senators ask drug companies to list prices in ads Gillibrand to publish children's book about suffragists MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoTrump's plan to claw back spending hits wall in Congress House lawmakers to unveil water resources bill on Friday Trump makes Manchin top target for midterms MORE (R-W.Va.), and captaining the congressional women’s softball team.

Though her colleagues Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanWATCH: Sen. Flake: “More doubtful” North Korean summit will happen  Lobbying world Trump-backed congressman wins Ohio Senate primary MORE (R-Ohio) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress — when considering women’s health, don’t forget about lung cancer Anti-Maduro Venezuelans not unlike anti-Castro Cubans of yore Tax reform postmortem reveals lethal dose of crony capitalism MORE (R-Fla.) have dominated the veep buzz, Ayotte has a few crown jewels of her own, having gained firsthand experience in small business as she helped her husband, Joe, start a landscaping and snow-removal company, and also serving as her state’s first female attorney general. 

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Her easygoing demeanor and classic good looks might help America warm up to the freshman senator. In her online photo gallery, Ayotte looks at home in all situations — from a formal photo shoot with lawmakers decades her senior to a picture of her with a stuffed moose head. 

Though it’s anyone’s guess whom presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney will tap to be his No. 2, Ayotte isn’t ruling out the possibility. She told the Boston Herald that she looks forward to debating Vice President Biden, if chosen.

“Certainly, debating Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden says 'enough is enough' after Santa Fe school shooting Zinke provided restricted site tours to friends: report Democrat wins Philadelphia-area state House seat for the first time in decades MORE would be quite enjoyable,” she told the newspaper this spring. “Let’s face it, he has got a very different vision of this country than I do.”

Ayotte declined to participate in an interview for this feature.

— Kris Kitto

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