Rep. Kristi Noem is the most beautiful woman in Congress.

That's what a poll published Wednesday by The Hill, a District of Columbia newspaper, determined.

Noem, a first-term Republican from South Dakota, finished eighth on the overall Washington most-beautiful list, which includes male and female members of Congress, staffers, lobbyists and journalists.

The woman she defeated for the state's sole House seat, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, had made the list in the past, as has Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. Neither Herseth Sandlin nor Thune -- nor any other South Dakotan except Noem -- was on the list this year.

Noem declined to speak with The Hill for the feature.

Noem's press secretary, Josh Shields, criticized the list when contacted by The Daily Republic.

"Lists like that are a distraction," Shields said. "Rep. Noem is focused on representing the people of South Dakota and addressing the important issues facing our nation. Neither she or her staff have paid much attention to it."

The list was the most read and most e-mailed item on the newspaper's website for at least part of the day Wednesday.

According to The Hill: "In the sea of white-haired men who dominate Congress, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) stands out. Not because she could make a potato sack look fashionable, but because she traveled a different path to Washington -- one that included learning how to drive a semi-truck and a combine as a teenager and holding her own with the work that needed to be done on the family ranch."

The story noted that her campaign played up her appearance in 2010.

"Last fall's campaign, in which she defeated Democratic incumbent and 50 Most Beautiful People alumna Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, was rife with images of Noem with gently mussed hair near a bale of hay or leaning against a fence post in the pasture," according to The Hill.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., was named the best-looking member of Congress. Kinzinger was fifth on the overall Washington list.

Amy Cheng, the legislative correspondent for Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, topped the list.