Victoria Benner

Age: 27
Hometown: Doylestown, Pa.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single

Victoria Benner doubles as a weather barometer.

The former ballerina says a knee injury she sustained in college is pretty accurate at determining the weather.

"It hurts in the humidity," she said. "I'm like a 90-year-old woman."

The injury came from her ballet dancing, something Benner has been doing since she was a little girl. She said she never dreamed she would work on Capitol Hill because, for most of her life, she wanted to be a professional ballerina.

"It wasn't a whim but it was definitely not planned," she said about coming to Washington.

Although unplanned, Benner definitely had the background for the work. She studied political science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and attended graduate school at the London School of Economics. An internship with former Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) started her political journey, which ultimately led to her current job as a legislative analyst at the National Council of La Raza.

She said many of the skills she learned through ballet have played a part in navigating Capitol Hill, so she never feels too far away from the art.

"Time management is a big one and especially dealing with difficult personalities, egos, that kind of thing," Benner said.

As to how she keeps her petit physique despite giving up dance and working long hours, she said she doesn't work too much on her appearance.

"There is no specific regimen," she said, laughing. "The times I'm not at work are few and far between, but I try and just take care of my body. I don't count calories or anything. And I try to relax whenever I can."

— Tianna Manon

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