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.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.