Each year Campaigns & Elections chooses a select group of political operatives and strategists to be named Rising Stars. The 2010 winners include not only consultants and campaign managers, but technological innovators, fundraisers and an art director.

Every one of the hundreds of applications we received painted a picture of talented and hard-working people who are younger than 35 years old, but the 40 chosen to be Rising Stars stood out above the rest.

This year's awards are presented by Aristotle.

Democrats | Republicans | Nonpartisan & International

Profiles written by Shane D’Aprile and Jeremy P. Jacobs