Vote for the 2018 Rising Star
Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office.
Read about the six nominees below, then cast your vote for who you believe should be the next Rising Star.
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx
Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office — the country’s second largest prosecutor’s office. Her vision is to build the most just, equitable, and transparent prosecutor’s office in the country by working proactively to make all communities safe while investing in policies that promote a more balanced criminal justice system. Her first year in office has brought substantial progress in priority areas including wrongful convictions, bond reform, and gun violence.
Washington State Representative Kristine Reeves
As the daughter, granddaughter, and twin sister of veterans, Kristine Reeves has devoted her career to advocating for veterans and their families across Washington State. Kristine served as chair of the Association of Defense Communities’ State Advisors Council. She currently serves on the boards of the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition and the Washington Military Alliance. In her first term as the state representative from the 30th House District, Kristine defined herself as the voice for military families, service members, and veterans issues.
Tucson City Councilor Regina Romero
Regina Romero exemplifies the Southwestern immigrant experience. She was the first of her family to vote and the first to graduate from college. Regina’s 20 years of progressive politics and advocacy for women, reproductive justice, working families, and fair wages have earned her 10 years on the Tucson City Council. She has also been a leader in the fight against the divisive border wall and against racist legislation like Arizona’s SB 1070. Regina is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program.
Missouri State Representative Cora Faith Walker
Cora Faith Walker currently serves as the state representative for Missouri’s 74th House District. Throughout her career as a lawyer and a legislator, Cora has proven that she will never shy away from the tough fights. She was a vocal survivor of sexual assault before the #MeToo movement, a champion for women in her community before #ThankBlackWomen was a hashtag, and, for years to come, she will continue to be a beacon of hope that, even in places like Missouri, change is possible.
Colorado State Representative Faith Winter
Faith Winter has spent her entire career inspiring people to take action. Before serving as a representative for Colorado’s 35th House District, Faith served on the Westminster City Council where she was a champion for environmental protections and victims of domestic abuse. As chair of the Transportation and Energy Committee and as vice chair of Business Affairs and Labor Committee, Faith fought for working families by sponsoring legislation like the Colorado Ready to Work jobs package.
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu
Michelle Wu is a mother, daughter of immigrants, cyclist, and national voice for bold, progressive action at the local level. Elected in 2013, Michelle is the first Asian American woman to serve on the Boston City Council and the first woman of color to become council president. Her legislative victories include paid parental leave, health care equity, language access, renewable energy, and procurement reform. She is proud that her sons, now eight-months and three-years-old, will only know a world where moms lead.