The Presidential Elections of US are on the horizon, all set to take place in 2020. Although it’s still more than a year to go, the stage is already set. New candidates coming up with their strategic electoral campaigns, and the current ones slogging to retain their portfolios, this time it’s going to be hard to choose.
Check out this list of Top 10 most influential political figures of US, if its wracking your nerves too!
The Current President of the United States, Donald Trump is known for his hotheadedness and strong tenacity to give a better and brighter future to all the Americans. A former real estate mogul and reality TV star, Trump was elected as the 45th president of US on January 20, 2017.
Born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York, Trump defeated the democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in a landslide victory, despite numerous controversies involving him.
During his presidency, Trump issued several orders including building a wall on the Mexico border; a travel ban for several predominantly Muslim countries; withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement; $1.5tn tax cut; and the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. However, not all of the paths taken by the former businessman proved fruitful, he still holds a place among the most influential political figures of US.
The 48th and current vice-president of the United States, Mike Pence was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. After a couple of failed attempts in politics in 1988 and 1990, he started his career as a radio and television talk show host in 1990s.
However, the Indiana born conservative, returned to try his fate in politics in 2000. Successfully elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, Pence’s political career began to rise since then.
Additionally, he instigated largest tax cut in Indiana for educational welfare, post his appointment as the 50th Governor of Indiana in 2013. A Republican and strong supporter of the Tea Party Movement, Pence is a man of strong convictions in matters like prohibiting abortions and job growth.
The United States Senator from Kentucky, Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. is another most influential US politician born on February 20, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama. The Senate Majority Leader since January 3, 2015, had served as the US Senator for the longest period since 1984.
Moreover, Mitch McConnell took over as Senate Minority Leader in 2006.
During his entire term, he took strong stance on issues like tax reform; opposition to campaign-finance reform, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Affordable Care Act of 2010, 2013 Gun Purchase bill and more.
US Supreme Court Chief Justice since 2005, John Glover Roberts Jr. was born on January 27, 1955 in Buffalo, New York. He started his career in law as a clerk for Judge Henry friendly of the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Roberts even practiced law for a long span of 14 years in which he presented a total of 39 cases in the Supreme Court. Moreover, for 2 years 2003-2005 he served as a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
All through his career, he was renowned for his opinionated and conservative approach. Having handled some landmark cases including Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, Shelby County v. Holder, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and King v. Burwell, Roberts certainly becomes one of the most influential political figures of US.
First ever woman to hold the position of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi presents compelling views on issues like Government funding for AIDS control, Gun Control and Abortion Rights.
Pelosi who leaped to the office of Congress in 1987, was born on March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. Subsequently, 2002 witnessed her selection as the Democratic leader of the house of Representatives.
During her first term as a Speaker in 2007-2011, she pushed the much-criticized health care bill which became the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Moreover, she also persuaded the development of better paying jobs, revised energy policy, and access to college education.
One more in our list of most influential US political figures is Paul Ryan, the 54th Speaker of the US House of Representatives since 2015. The youngest speaker in the history of US in nearly 150 years, Ryan was born on January 29, 1970 in Janesville, Winconsin.
Known for his instrumental role in bringing the major tax reform bill of 2017 in action, Ryan first became a member of House of representatives in 1998. Representing the Winconsin’s Congressional District 1 for 20 years, Ryan announced his retirement from politics in April 2018.
The Junior US Senator for Texas since 2013, Rafael Edward Ted Cruz was born on December 22, 1970 in Alberta, Canada. An American conservative politician, Ted was a runner-up for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
He is well known for his influential speech, against the healthcare plan introduced by Barrack Obama, that lasted for around 21 hours. Before presiding as US Senator, Ted served as the Solicitor general in Texas from 2003 to 2008
Having served mutiple portfolios including Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and as a Domestic Policy Advisor to George W. Bush during Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign. An excellent orator, a highly successful lawyer, the longest-serving solicitor general in Texas, Ted certainly is one of the most influential US political figures.
A well known law scholar with specialization in bankruptcy law, Elizabeth Warren is currently serving as United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. First ever female senator from Massachusetts, she was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 22, 1949.
From 1977 to 1995, Warren served as a professor in various colleges. Her specialization in commercial and bankruptcy law, brought her the opportunity to advise the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in 1995. In 2008, she served as chair of Congressional Oversight Panel. Additionally, in 2009, she was titled as “Bostonian of the Year” by the Boston Globe.
Prior to her election as the US Senator, she worked as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) since 2010. Her key role in building CFPB, introduction to the Bank of Student Loans Fairness Act, and Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act aided to her popularity.
On January 1, 2019 she declared herself as the democratic candidate for the presidential elections in 2020.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fondly called by her initials AOC, is the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. Currently, she is serving as a US Representative for New York’s 14th Congressional District.
Alexandria rose into sheer prominence in June 2018 on defeating 10-term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley for the New York’s 14th Congressional District in the Democratic party’s primary election. Further, she served as a member of Congress beating Anthony Pappas in general elections in November 2018.
Moreover, she is famed for her social media presence, her role in outlining the Green New Deal, her smart grassroots campaign, and her outspoken views on issues like abortion, medicare for all and more.
Rewarded as the Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015, Andrew Yang is a young entrepreneur and philanthropist, and Democratic Presidential Candidate for 2020.
44 years old Yang has also founded Venture for America (VFA), a nonprofit organization in 2011, for which he was titled as Champion of Change by Obama administration in 2012.
Andrew’s has been campaigning for long now since his declaration for the Presidential election candidacy in November 2017. His signature policy “Freedom Dividend” intends to pay a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1000 to every adult American.
Additionally, he is known for the progressive proposals listed on his website including vision of a department focused on regulating the addictive nature of media, a White House psychologist, making Tax Day a national holiday, increasing the salaries of federal regulators but limiting their private work after they leave public service and many more.
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