Joe Kennedy III speaks to the audience at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 4, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C., on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

These Members of Congress Are Washington's Biggest Social 'Gets'

Not a Schock-er, but a certain Illinois congressman made the list.

Joe Kennedy III speaks to the audience at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 4, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C., on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

Joe Kennedy III is included on Washington Life's The Young and the Guest List, which features Washington's top up-and-comers under-40. 

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Which members of Congress would you like to have a glass of bubbly with?

Washington Life, one of D.C.’s social glossies, has once again named the top up-and-comers of the under-40 set in the mag’s annual Young and the Guest List issue. (And yes, 40 counts for “young” in Washington.)


The list, an assortment of political types, socialites and everything in between, is a good indication of who are the coveted “gets” at Washington social events. There are only a handful of members of Congress on the list, but they’re undoubtedly some of Capitol Hill’s most colorful characters.

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There’s a Kennedy: Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., the grandson of Bobby Kennedy who was elected to the House in 2012.

There’s a Castro: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, whose twin brother, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, gave the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The Capitol Hill Castro became gossip fodder last year when he announced he was expecting his first child with girlfriend Anna Flores. Little Andrea Elena Castro arrived in December.

There’s Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., a top member of the Congressional Black Caucus who famously said in 2010 that tea party members of Congress wished to see black people “hanging on a tree.”

And finally, rounding out the Democrats, is a formerly homeless, openly bisexual Ironman-finisher, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

Moving on to the chosen Republicans, it really should be no surprise that Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., is on the list again, as he’s the only member of Congress who can boast a Men’s Health cover. (He’s also involved in Washington’s charity scene, particularly for Susan G. Komen. And that scene is what Washington Life primarily covers.)

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Schock is joined by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich, whose claim to fame is that he was called a “wacko bird” by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and retaliated by making WackoBird.com the domain of his campaign website.

It’s a list of 300-plus, so that leaves lots of room for political aides and staffers, too. New to the list this year are Michelle Obama’s outgoing press secretary, Hannah August, and Vice President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Kendra Barkoff. Not-so-new to the list is Sam Kass, the White House senior policy adviser on nutrition who recently appeared in Vogue with his fiancee, MSNBC’s Alex Wagner.

Adam Sarvana – the staffer who heads the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association and is fighting for the right to eat vegetarian options in the Capitol Hill cafeteria – made it, along with a trio of staffers representing powerful Republicans: House Speaker John Boehner’s Michael Steel, the National Republican Senatorial Committee's Brad Dayspring and Becca Glover Watkins, the communications director for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

“We wanted to acknowledge some of the folks on the Hill, in the administration and, more broadly, the people involved in the political life of the country because there are so many bright, young people in the nation’s capital who are committed to public service,” Washington Life Publisher Soroush Shehabi told Whispers via email.

Rounding out the list are representatives from the rest of Washington – restaurateurs, lobbyists, journalists, a concert pianist (Mary Anne Huntsman) and even an Olympic figure skater (Michelle Kwan).