Rising Stars

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.


It's one of the most prestigious honors in the campaign world for a reason: industry giants are counted among the ranks of former Rising Stars. C&E Rising Stars have served in senior positions on the presidential campaigns of every major party nominee since 1992.      

And now we're preparing to name the class of 2016. C&E will select 8 Democrats, 8 Republicans and 4 International/Nonpartisan/Third Party nominees. Nominations are now open.

Access the 2016 nomination form here. All nominations must be recieved by May 23, 2016.

To be eligible, nominees must be 35 years of age or younger on June 30, 2016. Elected officials will not be considered. In order for the nomination to be considered complete, a photo of the nominee and any supplemental materials must also be emailed to risingstars@campaignsandelections.com with the subject line: 2016 Rising Star Nomination.

What makes nominations stand out to our judges? 1) Letters of recommendation in support of the nominee from those who have worked alongside them in the campaign world. 2) Inclusion of news articles about the nominee or their work.

Submitting letters of recommendation or testimonials on behalf of the nominee is not a requirement, but it is strongly encouraged. Please also include a copy of the nominee’s resume along with the nomination form. 

The 2016 class of Rising Stars will be recognized at the opening night of C&E's Campaign Expo Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 15.

If you have any questions about the nomination process please contact Shane D'Aprile: sdaprile@campaignsandelections.com