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.

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