The newest crop of the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns," a group of rising politicians, includes several diverse names and backgrounds. The group includes two women, an openly gay man, an Indian-American and a Jewish American.
Newest crop: The 2012 "Young Guns" are, from left to right, Andy Barr, Richard Tisei, Randy Altschuler, Mia Love, David Valadao, Matt Doheny, Tony Strickland, Jackie Walorski, Jason Plummer, Keith Rothfus, and Ricky Gill. (National Journal)
Randy Altschuler will face off against fellow GOP George Dimos and incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop for New York's District 1 seat. Altschuler, who is Jewish American, narrowly lost to Bishop in the 2010 race. If elected, Altschuler will be just the second Jewish Republican in the House. (National Journal)
In this March 12, 2012 photo, Ricky Gill discusses his Congressional campaign during an interview on his family's farm near Lodi, Calif. Gill, 24, who is running against Democratic incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney, is considered one of the GOP's top hopes for defeating a Democratic incumbent in this year's congressional elections. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
If Mia Love wins her battle against incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, she would be the first black Republican woman--ever--in Congress. The Morman politician credits much of her values to her parents, both from Haiti. (National Journal)
Republican Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker, left, and state Sen. Richard Tisei, right, face reporters outside the civic center in Wakefield, Mass. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 after Baker announced Tisei as his running mate against incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick during an earlier news conference. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Jackie Walorski lost her 2010 bid for a House seat against incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., but she is expected to be a strong contender in this year's election. (National Journal)