She may be smaller in stature than the rest on this list, but after being shot in January, she went through a tough recovery, only to surprise everyone by showing up Monday night to vote on the debt ceiling bill. If that isn’t tough, we don’t know what is.
The former football player was an offensive tackle in the NFL for 13 seasons. Before that, he played college football, high school basketball and shot put (ooo, shot put). This athlete isn’t one to mess with — he can block both legislation and you.
Long before his stint as Majority Leader, he made his way as an amateur boxer. Later, as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, he fought organized crime. He’s on top of it, physically, politically and lawfully.
4. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
As a former FBI agent, he’s gone undercover, helping reveal the activities of the Gotti clan, which dominates organized crime in New York City. As a Marine, he served in the Persian Gulf War. We’d rather not have to throw down with him on or off the House floor.
5. Any Democrat in the Congressional Shootout.
We think this is self-explanatory, but in case you need it: The Democrats were better shots than the Republicans in this year’s shootout, sponsored by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. We repeat: The Dems were the better shots. ’Nuff said.
Sen Mary Landrieu, D-La., poses for a selfie with LSU football fans as she campaigns at tailgate parties on the Louisiana State University campus before the LSU-Mississippi State game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Buy photo here.