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. Though in 2021, his focus above all was improving the American healthcare system.
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