2017 50 Most Beautiful

Erik Kinney
Erik Kinney
Brookfield, Wis.
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He comes from a medical family, but all it took was one college course on political science for Erik Kinney to decide that politics was a lot more fun.

“I fell in love with arguing with people,” Kinney explains. “I couldn’t figure out chemistry for the life of me. My brain just isn’t wired that way.”

The snowboarding fan and legislative assistant to Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) says he has a serious chocolate addiction, especially chocolate cake. But he stays in shape by running and has competed in the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run for the past three years.

You’re likely to find Kinney sneaking in a daily workout at the House gym during lunch, or heading to happy hour at Bullfeathers nearby. It’s about as far as he's willing to trek in the summer.

"It’s so hot around here and it’s impossible to walk [anywhere farther] in a suit.”

— Cate Martel