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The Rising: Ideas Wanted!

The Boss. Photo by Danny Clinch.

One of our favorite features on the Fix is "The Rising" -- our mini profiles of political up and comers in the states. (It's one of our favorites for lots of reasons not the least of which is we get to run pictures of the Boss with it occasionally.)

We have a few "Rising" profiles in the works but we are always on the hunt for new people to profile. And, that's where we need your help.

The Rising

Fixistas are the people with their ears to the ground in each and every state in the country so if you have an elected official -- mayor, state legislator, member of Congress or just someone who is running for office who you think has real star potential -- post their name and state in the comments section below.

We will do our best to take as many of your suggestions as possible and turn them into "Rising" pieces. Thanks!

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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Bill Lussenheide
Candidate US Congress CA-45

Posted by: JakeD | September 21, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Shane Massey is a SC State Senator running for Congress to replace Gresham Barrett.

Shane was elected in a special election in 2007 and is the first Republican to ever hold the seat. He was re-elected in 2008 in a 40% minority district with Obama at the top of the ticket. No one said Shane could win, but he did so by about 8% by working harder than any other canidate we've seen in these parts.

As a State Senator he's been a rising star among fiscal conservatives, always backed by the Club for Growth.

Shane will win. Keep your eye on him -

Posted by: patrick33 | September 18, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Trey Gowdy is the strong conservative who will take out Congressman Bob Inglis this year.

Besides Inglis' many missteps like voting against Joe Wilson, that has severly angered voters in one of the most conservative districts in America, Trey Gowdy is himself extremely popular. As Solicitor (SC's district attorneys), Gowdy has gained a reputation as being of the most honorable, honest, and hardworking officials in our area.

As a candidate, Trey can't be stopped. He out fundraised Inglis last quarter and he will probably do so again this quarter.

Trey Gowdy is a rising star in the conservative movement.

Posted by: gregcoleman81 | September 18, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Yes, State Sen. Tarryl Clark is impressive in the race against Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Posted by: dialogue12 | September 17, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Tarryl Clark in MN-06 against Michele Bachmann!

Posted by: andisteph | September 17, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Arizona -- Jonathon Paton, State Senate District 30.

Seems like every time our state Senate does something noteworthy (which isn't often), he is involved somehow in the public debate. A charismatic, intelligent Republican in a state with a strong tradition of common-sense conservatives.

A close second: Ray Carroll, Pima County Board of Supervisors District 4. Watch both of these legislators when AZ gains House seats after 2010 census.

Posted by: rau1 | September 17, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

From the other Washington---the state:

1) Whoever wins the race for King County executive--Dow Constantine-D or Susan Hutchinson-crypto R--will be primed for higher office. King County is home to home to two of the five largest cities in the state (Seattle and Bellevue) as well as Microsoft's Redmond. Constantine is a mainstream D, while Hutchinson's main qualification is name recognition as a former TV personality.

2) State Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, is the acknowledged heir to the Congressionial seat of aging, erratic, and ineffective but hugely popular Jim McDermott, who was successfully sued by a then little-known Republican named John Boehner. Murray---a highly competent legislator---will get McDermott's seat eventually, and maybe even before McD dies of old age.

Posted by: maris9 | September 17, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Chris - Re: tying "The Rising" to the Boss's song, for me here in NYC and perhaps some others the song will forever be linked to commemoration of 9/11, and linking it to the ups or downs of politicians trivializes it. Much as I share your appreciation of him and appreciate The Fix, I'd also appreciate if you could consider not using the song title here. Thanks.

Posted by: exDCinNY | September 17, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of Rick Snyder's accumen and bona fides, let's at least acknowledge the explicit log rolling underway here; as the number of shouts are a stastical abberation.

Posted by: molsonmich | September 17, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Strama and Rose [Ds], TX, and would add
Joe Strauss [R], the really well liked and level headed youngish Speaker of the TX House. A fiscal conservative and social moderate in a position of power, in a state where the Rs are split deeply on issues like "creationism".

The path for him to become Speaker involved half the Rs and all the Ds backing him, so I am not sure how he moves ahead in his party. But he has the smarts, and the charm, and his colleagues respect him.

I think Hank Gilbert [D], east TX rancher and populist, biggest D votegetter in TX in 2006, could actually beat Goodhair - but not KBH - in the govrace.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 17, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Wisconsin - State Assembly Representative Gordon Hintz. He's been championing payday lending reform and standing up to the lobby. He's been bringing attention to the issue statewide and putting on a good demonstration of how a bill should become a law - by taking it to the public.

Posted by: erinep | September 16, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Bob Cornelius is most definitely a rising star in the GOP. He's running for State Land Commissioner in New Mexico and is probably the only Republican who can win the seat. It's hard to get any real news following if your name isn't Bill Richardson in NM, but this guy is the real deal!

Though he's steadfastly committed to conservative values, he has lots of cross-over support and is already supported by a few Democrat mayors. He only got in the race two weeks ago!

I think his ideals and his youth are what attracts him to members of all political persuasions. Plus, he's not angry like a lot of Republicans I know. You'd do well to follow this gentleman as he ascends the ranks in New Mexico.

Posted by: rooseveltrepublican | September 16, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Nebraska: For Republicans, Mike Flood, speaker of the Unicameral State Legislature. For Democrats, Tom White, state senator and candidate for Congress from Omaha.

Posted by: huskerindependent | September 16, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

As others have pointed out, Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder is one of "The Rising." With Michigan being the most impacted state in the nation by the recession a leader like Rick is required to improve our state. He is new to the political scene, he is business minded, and has the economic plan and know -how to bring the Michigan from the trenches. Before throwing his hat into the political arena he was a member of many executive boards of many successful companies. Now, it may seem after this that you know Rick, but I have only scratched the surface of this candidate. To learn more about Rick check out his website:

Posted by: habibjos | September 16, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I noticed a couple other commenters mention Rick Snyder, who's running for Governor of Michigan, and I think they are dead on the money.

How many other Republicans could be described as positive, forward-focused, tech-saavy, innovative, and brimming with new ideas? The Republican party is too often perceived as, if not completely out of touch, at least a little rustic. Rick's unique campaign theme stands out from the rest of the 2010 Republican pack.

He's the big reason to keep an eye on the Michigan Governors race - he's the wild-card.

Posted by: nbashaw | September 16, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, United States Senate

Posted by: borgel4 | September 16, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General of New York - he will run for governor of New York in 2010 and win.

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey - he has real star power and is practically the Barack Obama of New Jersey (look at their similarities). I expect Booker will run for governor of New Jersey at some point or that Obama will appoint him to something. I hope Obama appoints him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois - she has an enormous amount of potential and should have run for the open Senate seat in Illinois. She would have definitely won. Madigan would make another great Obama Supreme Court pick.

Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana - he's in his second term as governor of Montana and has an enormous amount of potential. Anyone who watched Schweitzer's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention knows what I'm talking about. He's charismatic, has the spine to stand up for what he believes in, and is very smart. Obama could appoint him as his next Secretary of the Interior or Secretary of Energy. Or Schweitzer could run for the House, Senate, or even President of the United States.

Andrew Romanoff, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, Colorado - Governor Bill Ritter really should have appointed Romanoff to Colorado's vacant U.S. Senate seat. Romanoff is charismatic, knows how to work in a bipartisan fashion, and is experienced. Now Romanoff is hoping to beat Senator Michael Bennet in the Democratic primary. Here's hoping he succeeds.

Tim Ryan, Congressman, Ohio - Ryan may be a conservative Democrat but he's very young and sits on the House Appropriations Committee. Expect big things from him.

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Congresswoman, South Dakota - she is also a conservative Democrat but that's not surprising given that she represents South Dakota. While she passed on running for governor and Senator in 2010, Herseth Sandlin is only 38 and could wait a number of years.

Posted by: fable104 | September 16, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Dan Squadron NY State Senate
Bill de Blasio NY City Counsel
Anthony Weiner NY Congressman

Posted by: pierredude | September 16, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Cory Booker!

Posted by: anticlimacus | September 16, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Sean Parnell Gov AK. I know you all want to scoff, but Parnell is so far hitting all the right notes and is even liked in Juneau, which is the blue bastion in an otherwise starkly red state. And he's not a ditz.

Posted by: WOW9 | September 16, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Manan Trivdei in Pennsylvania 06. Iraq War veteran and primary care doc. perfect profile for "the rising"

Posted by: mmjersey | September 16, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Two MA Dems for you who will almost certainly be making their way to DC or statewide office in the next half-decade or so: State Rep. Carl Sciortino of Somerville, and State Sen. James Eldridge of Acton. Eldridge raised his profile by a lot two years ago, running in the D primary for the open 5th congressional seat, and losing to the district's #1 famous name (Tsongas).

Posted by: bassboy386 | September 16, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sam Yoon, Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate. Giving incumbent Tom Menino a good run for his money, and he was just endorsed by the Boston Phoenix -

Yoon is the first Asian-American elected official to hold office in Boston, and he would become the first Asian-American mayor of a major American city (outside of HI) if he wins this fall.

His preliminary election is next week (9/22) and the general is 11/3.

Posted by: jnewman64 | September 16, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

From Colorado-

State Representative Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs) who upset a controversial Republican in the primary and breezed through the general election, who is generally considered to be an "up and comer" who could end up running for Congress or statewide.

Posted by: Haners | September 16, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Someone to watch in Maryland is Karl Zierfuss.

He'll be a Republican Congressional candidate in Maryland's District 1 in a few years.

Posted by: freddiamond | September 16, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know more about Rick Snyder. He is running for governor in Michigan and he seems like a breath of fresh air in a state that could use new ideas.

Posted by: djand4 | September 16, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

-christie vilsack (wife of u.s. ag sec and former ia gov tom vilsack)
- bruce braley (u.s. rep)
-tyler olson (ia state rep)
-jeff danielson (ia senator)

-kathleen sebelius (hhs sec)

-r.t. rybak(minneapolis mayor and potential gov candidate)
-taryl clark (running against michelle bachmann)
-amy klobuchar (us senator)
-tim walz (u.s. rep)

-claire mccaskill (us senator)

-molly kelly (state senator)

-jasper schneider (nd state rep)

-david toscano (va delegate)

Posted by: albertaclipper | September 16, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Jason Kander, State Representative, D-MO. He represents District 44 which covers parts of Kansas City, MO.

As an added bonus, he's a fellow Hoya!!

Posted by: sellm | September 16, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

State Assemblymembers Kevin DeLeon and John Perez, who are at the top of most next-Speaker lists in California. State Controller John Chiang, who's building a solid record as he prepares for a second term - a future beyond (presumably).

Posted by: tome528 | September 16, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Marco Rubio is a definite rising star. Regardless of whether he can pull an upset against Charlie Christ in the FLA GOP primary, he embodies everything the Republican party seeks: bonafide conservative ideals, charasmatic, and a similar "Obama-esque" type charm. Watch out for him. Certainly doesn't hurt that he's Cuban either.


Conservative ideals? He's an extreme-right loonie.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 16, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Rick Snyder, Republican candidate for Michigan Governor. With the all the challenges this state is faced with today, I would enjoy this interview.

Posted by: anaretz | September 16, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Kamela Harris -- current District Attorney in San Francisco. Smart, polished, young, good with a crowd. Supported Barack Obama early in the CA primary and is an ally of the administration. Has taken some flak for conviction record, protection of witnesses, refusal to seek death penalty in some cases.

Harris is very likely to run for Attorney General if (okay, when) current AG Jerry Brown announces he's running for governor. That won't be the last state-wide office she runs for....

Posted by: Axisofstupidity1 | September 16, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I see you have a lot of Texas suggestions but I am going to add one more that I think fits the rising star category very well. State Rep. Chris Turner just finished his freshman term. He is a Democrat (I'm not) but he worked with members on both sides of the aisle in a very divided Texas State House. I believe he was state director for Congressman Edwards previously and is from an equally split district. I work with veterans groups across the state and for a freshman, Rep. Turner was an unbelievable champion for our heroes. Because of him thousands of Texas veterans in crisis situations will have a resource to get the help they have earned. As I said, I don't agree with all of his politics, but in talks with members in my party and his he is viewed as a rising star by those that have been around for a long time here. And that is a good thing in my eyes, regardless of party.
Those are the type of people we should all be highlighting-- that work together and are not trying to divide us.

Posted by: catherineH1 | September 16, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

More info on the DFL candidates going for MN Gov next year:

Margaret Ann Kelliher specifically bears watching.

Posted by: bsimon1 | September 16, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Shap Smith (D-Morrison), the Speaker of the Vermont House. He arguably pushed Vermont Governor Jim Douglas out the door by taking control of the house majorities in ways his predecessor, Gaye Symington never could. by overriding douglas' veto of gay marriage and overriding his veto of the democrats budget he weakened Douglas enough to force retirement.

Posted by: tgporo12 | September 16, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ted Cruz. Candidate for Attorney General in Texas (R). He will be one to watch for years to come.

Posted by: redtexan | September 16, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

DailyHowl's reference to Tarryl Clark in MN is seconded. Add Mpls mayor RT Rybak. RT is a shoo-in for mayor this year, then will turn around & run for gov next year. He is one of the few urban mayors who has the potential for statewide appeal here.

Posted by: bsimon1 | September 16, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Chris Fierro, state rep in RI

Posted by: justinpcormier | September 16, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Raj Goyle - first Indian American elected to state office in Kansas, and currently a candidate for the open congressional seat in KS-4.

Posted by: GWlaw82 | September 16, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Parker Wiseman- mayor of Starkville, Mississippi.

Posted by: mollytomlinson | September 16, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), chairs the Republican Policy Committee

Posted by: idoesnteatchiken | September 16, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Texas Dem State Reps. Rafael Anchia (Dallas), Mark Strama (Austin), and Patrick Rose (Dripping Springs).

Posted by: CCDMembership | September 16, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Given that Coakley is very likely to "Rise" from State's Attorney General to US Senator in a few months, you might consider her.

Robin Carnahan of Missouri, for similar reasons. Paul Hodes of New Hampshire.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 16, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Scott Walker, republican candidate for Gov. In Wisconsin.

Posted by: jillb1 | September 16, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the governor of Montana once considered a rising star? I haven't heard much from him recently.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 16, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Tarryl Clark in Minnesota
Jennifer Brunner in Ohio
Barbara Lawton in Wisconsin

Posted by: TheDailyHowl | September 16, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas. Youngest Hispanic statewide elected official in the country.

Posted by: joshgeise | September 16, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I got two for you. Josh Mandel and Steve Stivers, both in OH.

Posted by: danblum19 | September 16, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

J.B. Van Hollen - WI Attorney General!

Posted by: WI_politics | September 16, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Marco Rubio is a definite rising star. Regardless of whether he can pull an upset against Charlie Christ in the FLA GOP primary, he embodies everything the Republican party seeks: bonafide conservative ideals, charasmatic, and a similar "Obama-esque" type charm. Watch out for him. Certainly doesn't hurt that he's Cuban either.

Posted by: dc_ryan | September 16, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Ha - well - I'm running for my first time ever in a small city council race, but I don't know that I'm rising any time soon! I get teased a lot about running for mayor - not council, state rep - not mayor, and congresswoman once Ohio redraws districts and LaTourrette will probably be given my area (I'm in Fudge/old Tubbs Jones district).

In the For Real category for The Rising, I have to think on that from Ohio. It's a mixed up place!

From outside Ohio, what about Republican state legislator, Nikki Haley? Can she pull it off in South Carolina given what's been going on there? I think she deserves a more in-depth look.

Posted by: jillzimon | September 16, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 16, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I'll give you an excellent rising star-Michael Williams, the likely replacement for Hutchison.

Posted by: TexasProud1 | September 16, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm enjoying all the Rising Republican threads. How about a Rising Independent thread every once in a while?

Posted by: JakeD | September 16, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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