Mainer named a Capitol Hill beauty

Posted July 29, 2010, at 6:12 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An aide to Sen. Olympia Snowe has been named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” on Capitol Hill by newspaper that covers Congress.

The Hill says Jessa Merrill is a Republican and single. “Growing up in the small town of Kennebunkport, Maine, well-known as the summer home to former President George H.W. Bush,” writes The Hill, “Merrill spent her summers working at a tourist shop. She not only got used to the black motorcades typical of Washington, but she also developed a knack for picking out the law enforcement agents protecting the dignitaries, even when the officers were off-duty.”

Merrill, who’s 23, is a Kennebunkport native. She joined Snowe’s staff last October and currently serves as a legislative correspondent.

Merrill says she doesn’t have any beauty tips. She says it wasn’t until college that her roommates at the University of Vermont taught her how to apply makeup.