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The Washingtonian is one of those tony regional magazines that benefits from ad revenue off of orthodontists, private schools and breast enhancements, all the while fawning on local celebrities with over-designed, to-die-for-home homes and wardrobes. But that aside, it does a cool annual survey of Hill staffers.

Every two years, before lawmakers and their staffs head off for August recess to start the election season in earnest, they send an extensive survey asking for the best and worst performers in a host of categories designed to get past the headlines and TV-news zingers to capture the true culture of Capitol Hill.

Here’s some of what the list says this year. Click here for more.  Watch out for Justin Amash who made Lobbyists’ Worst Enemy. That’s what we like to see.

WORKHORSE

Senate

1. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

2. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

House

1. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

2. TIE: John Boehner (R-Ohio), Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Steve Scalise (R-La.)

RISING STAR

Senate

1. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

2. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)

House

1. Steve Scalise (R-La.)

2. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

BEST SPEAKER

Senate

1. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

2. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

House

1. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

2. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

WORST SPEAKER

Senate

1. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

2. TIE: Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

House

1. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.)

2. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)

LEAST PARTISAN

Senate

1. Susan Collins (R-Maine)

2. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.)

House

1. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.)

2. John Barrow (D-Ga.)

MOST PARTISAN

Senate

1. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

2. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)

House

1. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

2. Steve King (R-Iowa)

FUNNIEST

Senate

1. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

2. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)

House

1. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

2. Billy Long (R-Mo.)

MEANEST

UnknownSenate

1. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)

2. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

House

1. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.)

2. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)

 

NICEST

Senate

1. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)

2. John Boozman (R-Ark.)

House

1. Lois Capps (D-Calif.)

2. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.)

LOBBYISTS’ WORST ENEMY

House

1. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)

LOBBYISTS’ BEST FRIEND

House

1. Eric Cantor (R-Va., ret.)

2. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

WORST AT THE ASK

Senate

1. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)

2. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

BEST AT THE ASK

Senate

1. TIE: Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

MOST LIKELY TO BE SEEN IN A TV CAMEO

Senate

1. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

2. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

MOST LIKELY TO JUNKET

Senate

1. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

2. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)

BEST DRESSED

Senate

1. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): Still coasting on her 2010 Vogue feature, her structured suits in sensible colors, and her understated accessories.

2. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): Sure, he’s got the red-tie/blue-suit thing down, but also an arsenal of dashing neckwear—such as the orange-and-cream stripey number he’s been spotted wearing.

House

1. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): Pelosi’s power-suit success lies in her gumball-inspired necklaces, which she has in a multitude of styles. Add a fondness for neutral palettes and prints and she’s a winner more often than not.

2. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.): Sharp suits, unique tie/shirt combos, and casual business attire almost make us forget that shirtless Men’s Health spread.

MOST LIKELY TO BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

House

1. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)

2. TIE: Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)

MOST LIKELY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT

Senate

1. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

2. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

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