Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
44, Pennsylvania — 2, D
The Irish-American son of a crossing guard and a janitor, Brendan was the first member of his family to attend college and co-founded the ‘Blue Collar Caucus’ in Congress, which addresses wage stagnation, job insecurity, and the future of work.
Brendan worked for several years as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2011 the Aspen Institute chose Brendan to be one of its Rodel Fellows – a group of the nation’s most promising young political leaders. He went on to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives alongside his brother, Kevin – the first brothers to serve in the PA House.
Photo: Cornell Capa, JFK Library
45, California — 44, D