By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: New Bern, N.C.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: In a long-term relationship
Ryan Mills could easily pass for a member of one of the nation’s greatest political dynasties. With his brown hair, piercing blue eyes and golden tan, he’s a dead-ringer for Bobby Kennedy.
Mills is often told of the resemblance, but his interest in the Kennedys goes far beyond the superficial. As a child, he became intrigued with the history of the famous family, which triggered an ongoing fascination with politics.
“I’m not a fan of their policies; I just think they are interesting,” he says. “And once I got into the Kennedys, I wanted to see the opposing views, so then I got into [Ronald] Reagan for a while.”
Earlier this year, he joined government-affairs firm Berman and Co. as a development associate. It’s all part of the plan for Mills, who hopes to eventually take his experience on the national political stage back home.
“I’m on the 10-year plan: 10 years and then get out,” he says of his goal to return to North Carolina to work in state politics and, someday, run for office himself.
While Mills puts in long hours on the job, he makes sure to leave extra time every day for exercise, be it biking, weightlifting or trail-running. It’s nothing new for the avid athlete, who played baseball, basketball and soccer in high school.
That doesn’t mean he was prepared for the news he was named to the 50 Most Beautiful People list. In fact, Mills kept it relatively hush-hush.
“It was pretty out of the blue ... I didn’t want to tell people and then not make the cut,” he jokes.
— Debbie Siegelbaum