John Dingell named 'wisest' member of U.S. House in poll of Capitol Hill staffers
Ann Arbor is known for having some of the smartest residents in the nation. Now it's known for electing possibly the smartest congressman in the United States.
That's according to a new poll that named 86-year-old U.S. Rep. John Dingell, a Democrat who has served in Congress since 1955, the "wisest" member of the U.S. House.
Coming in behind Dingell in the Washingtonian's "Best and Worst of Congress 2012" poll was Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, followed by Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank.
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"At times, they proved as partisan as their bosses," the Washingtonian wrote. "But where it counts — for example, who's hot and who's not — bipartisanship tended to prevail."
Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Hoyer got votes from both Republicans and Democrats in the "wisest" category. The Republican with the most votes was California's David Dreier.
Awards were given out for best and worst tweeters, most and least eloquent, meanest and nicest, hottest males and females, biggest gym rats and party animals, biggest disappointments, most clueless, most and least partisan, biggest fashion victims, most and least likely to star in a scandal, and more. Staffers also named who they'd like to see in the White House in 2017.
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