Two Conn. politicians on Washington Post “40 Most Interesting Women in Politics” list

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro this morning were named to the list of “40 Most-Interesting Women in Politics” by the Washington Post’s “The Fix” column.

“The Fix” writer, Aaron Blake, says the list “tries to get beyond just the senators and members of Congress you all know to highlight some lesser-known women who serve as top political staff members, in state legislatures and even at the municipal level. The list is based on nominations from women’s groups, social media and some smart political types we asked.”

When writing about Klarides, Blake cited a recent feature by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers:

“When Linda McMahon ran for U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2010 and 2012, the political world collided with professional wrestling. Republican Klarides, who is the state House minority leader in the same state, also has ties to the McMahons’ WWE – but in a far different capacity than the owners. Klarides, you see, was once a “ring girl” – a position she held while studying for the bar exam. She has also been a model and a body builder. “I’m highly competitive,” she told the Connecticut Post this year. “So to put myself into competitive situations purposefully just asks for trouble because I’m such a perfectionist.”

DeLauro was singled out, not just for her achievements, but also for her unique fashion sense.

The first 20 women on the list were released today; the following 10 will be released Tuesday and the last 10 on Wednesday.

Click through the slideshow above to see some of the other politicians named and what makes them interesting. Visit for the rest of the list.