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Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart's office dogs named top 10 cutest on Capitol Hill

Nola Jefferson Memorial


There's a ton of inside-the-beltway lists that rank the most beautiful, powerful or wealthy people in Washington.  

But one inside-the-beltway list eschews humans in favor of dogs, and Miami is well represented. 

A weeks-long competition by Independent Journal Review ranked the top 25 dogs on Capitol Hill, and two dogs that frequent Rep. Carlos Curbelo's office and Mario Diaz Balart's office made the top 10. 

Riggins, a 2-year-old Welsh terrier owned by Curbelo communications director Joanna Rodriguez, placed ninth in the voting. Riggins donned a blue bow tie in his photo shoot and according to Rodriguez, Riggins was cute enough to end the Curbelo office's ban on dogs.


Nola, a 7-year-old French bulldog owned by Diaz-Balart's chief of staff Cesar Gonzalez, placed sixth in the voting. Nola is named after the city of New Orleans, where Gonzalez attended college. She enjoys eating plastic water bottles. 

Nola Couch

The winner of the competition after more than 30,000 votes was Koji, a 2-year-old American Eskimo who belongs to House committee staffer Zach Hunter and White House staffer Mallory Hunter. Koji won a golden water bowl for his cuteness. 

Follow Riggins on Instagram here.