Vote for the 2019 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.
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Margaret Good represents Florida’s 72nd House District and serves as a deputy minority leader. Moments after she was sworn into office, 17 Floridians lost their lives in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. She immediately began advocating on the House floor for commonsense solutions to end gun violence and introduced legislation to require background checks for virtually every firearm transfer. As a deputy minority leader, Margaret is focused on helping Democrats gain more seats in the Florida House, working with local, statewide, and national organizations to break Florida’s 20-year one-party rule.
Wendy Carrillo has represented District 51 in California’s state Assembly since her election in 2017. Originally from El Salvador, Wendy came to the United States as an undocumented child and obtained citizenship in her early 20s. As an award-winning journalist, co-founder of a social news media startup that promoted human rights, and former Service Employees International Union employee, Wendy understands the value of high-quality education and is a staunch advocate for debt-free college, women’s rights, and health care for all.
Jennifer Carroll Foy
Jennifer Carroll Foy proudly serves as the representative for District 2 in the Virginia House of Delegates. Born and raised in Virginia, Jennifer attended the historically all-men Virginia Military Institute, enrolling in only the third class of women cadets. Jennifer is also a new mom and former foster parent, and a public defender. In her time in office, she has been a constant voice for youth and has supported legislation on education, Medicaid expansion, and improved transportation.
Sandra Jauregui represents District 41 in the Nevada state Assembly. After growing up in Hacienda Heights, California, Sandra moved to Las Vegas in 2009 to attend the University of Nevada. Prior to her election, Sandra worked for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto’s housing program. In these positions, she became passionate about addressing Nevada’s housing issues and serving her community. Her commitment to community involvement continues to shape the way Sandra represents her constituents.
Arvina Martin, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is the first Native American woman to be elected to the Madison City Council. Born and raised in Madison, Arvina has dedicated her career to improving her community. She worked to increase diversity at the University of Wisconsin, protect unionized workers, and advocated for voter protection during the 2016 elections. Arvina has also acted as a representative for the Ho-Chunk Nation in both political campaigns and state government.
Yuh-Line Niou is a lifelong Democrat representing District 65 in the New York state Assembly. Her experiences as an Asian American immigrant have given her a deep belief in social justice and a commitment to public service. Throughout her career, she has worked on issues focused on economic justice and ending poverty and making government more accessible for all. Whether it is in regards to health care access, housing access, environmental justice, racial justice, or assisting working families, Yuh-Line is a committed public servant and is dedicated to protecting all people, especially those who have faced historic discrimination and economic injustice.