The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People: Page 19 of 50

Age: 29
Hometown: Kensington, Md.
Political party: Republican 
Relationship status: Single

Katie Ryan knows that most people who live in Washington don’t get to be roommates with a friend they’ve known since they were 3 years old.

But most people working on Capitol Hill don’t live 10 miles from where they grew up, either.

Ryan was raised in Kensington, Md., less than 10 miles from downtown Washington, and says it was an easy choice to come back home after attending College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

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“I plan on staying in this area,” she says. “I’m happy here, and it’s one of those things where if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If there comes a day that I’m bored and feeling like [I] don’t want to get up in the morning, then that’s when it’s time to change.”

Ryan hasn’t hit that point yet. She says she looks forward to her job every day as a professional staff member on the House Administration Committee. She’s worked there in a variety of roles, starting as an intern, for the past seven years.

Ryan says it’s not just the politics and her family that’s drawn her back to D.C. It’s also the balanced mix of exciting city life and quiet residential areas, she says. 

She takes it in while running, whether it’s along the Potomac River on the weekends or in the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

“I enjoy working out — you spend so many hours in the office. Whenever I get a chance, I try to go running outside,” she says.

Ryan thinks having a positive attitude is an attractive quality. Her secret: getting enough sleep — seven or eight hours per night.

Ryan says she’s single and looking, but she isn’t too concerned about that right now.

“It’s just about the right time and the right place, and it hasn’t happened yet,” she says. “When the timing is right, something will come along.”

— Jeremy Herb

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