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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 AyotteWeek ahead: Comey firing dominates Washington GOP senators pitch Merrick Garland for FBI director Kelly Ayotte among candidates to be FBI director: report 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 GillibrandSenate Dems want Mar-a-Lago visitor records made public Dem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks Sanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoCongress should act on measure to help Medicare, small businesses Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it Republicans give Trump's budget the cold shoulder MORE (R-W.Va.), and captaining the congressional women’s softball team.

Though her colleagues Sens. Rob PortmanRob PortmanGOP senators bristle at Trump's Medicaid cuts Overnight Energy: Trump budget takes flak over oil provisions GOP senators knock Trump's budget proposal MORE (R-Ohio) and Marco RubioMarco RubioMcConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama' Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it Rubio: 'All options should be on table' if Flynn refuses new subpoenas 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 BidenJoe BidenBiden fuels 2020 speculation Biden calls for unity: 'It’s time for America to get up' The Hill's 12:30 Report 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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