After extensive deliberations, we’ve named 29 Princeton alumni who profoundly shaped politics this year. The Daily Princetonian’s inaugural list includes mayoral candidates and presidential advisers, Congresspeople and lobbyists, public intellectuals and investigative journalists.
The featured alumni span nineteen class years, eight undergraduate majors, and a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Among many others, you’ll find the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, the first openly gay person elected to a state governorship, and the first Black First Lady featured here.
We’ve divided the alumni into four categories of influence: National Stage, Local & State Politics, Decision Room, and Shaping the Conversation. These groups seek to capture, in broad strokes, how Princeton alumni exercise their political weight in local, national, or global contexts.
Click here to learn more about our criteria and deliberations, as well as read our demographic analysis.