By VIRGINIA SKEELS
With her long legs on display in a black clinging dress, Jennifer Garner certainly made a change from the usual speakers on Capitol Hill.
The actress took her Hollywood star power to Washing DC as she attended the launch of a new report on the well-being of children in the United States.
The 40-year-old addressed the meeting as an ambassador for Save the Children.
And she managed to look both businesslike and glamorous as she addressed an audience of around 300 policy makers, congressional staff and children's advocates.
'The number of Americans living in poverty remains at a historic high, with nearly one in four children knowing all too well what it means to go without,' said Garner, responding to the new America's Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.
'Childhood poverty sets children up for failure in school, impacts their health, and can predetermine the course of their lives. So why, then, are children being left out of the conversation during an election season in which the economy is the primary issue? We need to do better for our kids.'
The actress and mother of three wore a black dress for the occasion, accessorising with elegant silver and diamond jewellery and a pair of black stilettos.
Before and after addressing the audience, she sat between Senator Bob Casey and former Senator Chris Dodd, who authored the report, which provides a snapshot of the well-being of children in North America, and also highlights unmet needs.
Casey and Dodd joked and laughed with their Hollywood guest of honour, showing they weren't immune to the allure of glamorous Hollywood royalty.
Also sharing the stage was Mark Shriver, senior vice-president of Save the Children's U.S. programs, a member of the Kennedy political clan and brother of Maria Shriver.
Jennifer also brought a letter from her six-year-old daughter Violet to the event, reading it to the audience.