The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People: Page 42 of 50

Age: 24
Hometown: Starkville, Miss.
Political party: “Moderate”
Relationship status: In a relationship

Shelley New, a research assistant at the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, got the “D.C. bug” while interning for former Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) as an undergraduate, and she hasn’t looked back since.

Originally, New planned on returning to Capitol Hill after three years at Seton Hall Law School. After a year of classes, however, the research assistant knew it wasn’t for her.

“With law school, the whole interpretation of the law and application of the law is interesting,” she says, “but here they make the laws — it’s much more hands-on.”

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Luckily for New, coming back to Capitol Hill was a painless process — her first interview, at the Small Business Committee, landed her a job as a staff assistant. Recently, she was promoted to research assistant. 

New says she has no plans to return to law school anytime soon. For now, she’s content with her work in the Senate.

“One thing I really enjoy about the committee is we don’t have one specific set of constituents,” she says. “It’s cool to be able to reach out and talk to small-business owners from Utah, Maine and Florida, and all over the country.”

When New isn’t reaching out to small businesses, you can find her in the gym or competing with other Senate offices on the softball field.

She says her team — Snowe Business — placed her behind home plate as catcher because she’s “really bad.”

But New doesn’t let her degrading position bring her down.

“What I lack in skill and ability, I make up for in enthusiasm,” she says with a laugh.

— Zach Bergson

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