Rising Stars

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One of the most prestigious honors in politics, the award goes to a select group of operatives age 35 and under who have an established track record of achievement in political consulting or advocacy and the promise to achieve greatness.


Since 1988, Campaigns & Elections has recognized the up-and-comers of the campaign world with its coveted Rising Star award. Over the years, Rising Star recipients have climbed to the heights of politics, launching dozens of successful consulting firms and serving at the highest levels of state and federal campaigns.        

Among the inaugural class of Rising Stars: David Axelrod, Alex Castellanos, Rahm Emanuel, Ben Ginsberg, Celinda Lake and Mark Mellman. C&E Rising Stars have served in senior positions on the presidential campaigns of every major party nominee since 1992.      

In 2015, we will need your help selecting our newest class of Rising Stars. C&E will select 10 Democrats, 10 Republicans and 5 International/Nonpartisan nominees. Nominations will open in the spring. 

To be eligible, nominees must be 35 years of age or younger. Elected officials will not be considered.

If you have any questions about the nomination process please contact C&E Editor Shane D’Aprile: sdaprile@campaignsandelections.com