2016 50 Most Beautiful

Rep. Cheri Bustos
Rep. Cheri Bustos
Moline, Ill.
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Rep. Cheri Bustos is determined to get more women in the halls of Congress.

As co-chairwoman of the Red to Blue Committee and vice chairwoman of the Recruitment Committee at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Illinois Democrat is passionate about flipping House and Senate seats and filling them with women and people of color.

“In both of those areas,” she says, “we are so underrepresented.”

Bustos says that playing in the congressional women’s softball game has taught her that “women govern differently,” explaining that the mixed-party team tries to also come together on legislative matters. 

“We’re relationship builders,” she says, adding that she strives to work across the aisle as much as she can. 

It’s not all politics for Bustos, however — she knows when to take a break.

“At 5 on Fridays, we turn politics off in my household and we go out for pizza and beer.” 

— Ashley Perks