But Fitch said it was worthwhile to consider how newer lawmakers in the 112th Congress, among them 12 House freshmen, tended to win the most awards.
Members of Congress with histories of working in the private sector or state legislatures also tend to have a strong Web presence.
Begich, for instance, has long been interested in using the Web as a way to communicate with the people he serves, dating back to his days as the mayor of Anchorage, Press Secretary Julie Hasquet said.
Younger Members with a finger on the pulse of the “technological age” also have an advantage, Ryan spokesman Kevin Seifert said.
“Having a boss who is a younger Member, who is willing to use tech innovations, definitely helps us in our online strategy,” Seifert said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.