Champions for Charters

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is proud to announce its 2018 Champions for Charters. This year’s bipartisan cohort of federal, state, and local elected officials (comprised of 11 Democrats and 9 Republicans) joins a distinguished body of Charter Champions dating back to the award’s inception in 2006.

2018 Champions for Charters

Federal Champions for Charters

State and Local Champions for Charters

Read about our 2018 Champions.

2017

  • State Representative Dan Burke, Illinois
  • Governor Matt Bevin, Kentucky
  • State Representative John Carney, Kentucky
  • State Senator David Givens, Kentucky
  • State Representative and Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover, Kentucky
  • State Representative Phil Moffett, Kentucky
  • State Representative Jonathan Shell, Kentucky
  • State Senator Stephen West, Kentucky
  • State Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky
  • State Representative Jonathan Windy Boy, Montana
  • Assemblyman Troy Singleton, New Jersey
  • Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey
  • Representative Tom Cole, Oklahoma
  • State Senator Anthony H. Williams, Pennsylvania
  • Mayor James Diossa, Rhode Island
  • Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina
  • State Delegate R. Steven Landes, Virginia
  • State Senator Mark D. Obenshain, Virginia 

Read about our 2017 Champions.

2016

  • Senator Roy Blunt (MO)
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
  • Governor Charlie Baker (MA)
  • Mayor Michael Rawlings (Dallas, TX)
  • Senator Dennis Kruse (IN)
  • State Representative Bob Behning (IN)
  • State Senator Peggy Lehner (OH)
  • State Auditor Dave Yost (OH)
  • State Senator Steve Litzow (WA)
  • State Representative Larry Springer (WA)

Read about our 2016 Champions.

2015

  • Senator Michael Bennet (CO)
  • Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
  • Governor Mary Fallin (OK)
  • Mayor Michael Hancock (Denver, CO)
  • State Senator Del Marsh (AL)
  • State Representative Terri Collins (AL)
  • State Senator Clark Jolley (OK)
  • State Senator Lee Denney (OK)

Read about our 2015 Champions.

2014

  • Senator Mark Kirk (IL)
  • Representative George Miller (CA)
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo (NY)
  • Governor Brian Sandoval (NV)
  • Mayor Kevin Johnson (Sacramento, CA)
  • State Senator Jill Tokuda (HI)
  • State Representative Phil Owens (SC)

Read about our 2014 Champions.

2013

  • Senator Richard J. Durbin (IL)
  • Chairman John Kline (MN)
  • Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (MS)
  • Mayor Karl Dean (Nashville, TN)
  • State Senator Gray Tollison (MS)

2012

  • Senator Tom Harkin (IA)
  • Governor Nathan Deal (GA)
  • State Senator Malcolm Graham (NC)
  • State Representative Brian Bosma (IN)

2011

  • Representative Howard P. McKeon (CA)
  • Mayor Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa (Los Angeles, CA)
  • State Senator Mark Boitano (RI)
  • Education Commissioner Deborah Gist (RI)

2010

  • Representative Jared Polis (CO)
  • Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)
  • State Senator Wayne Kuipers (MI)
  • Mayor Francis G. Slay (St. Louis, MO)

2009

  • Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT)
  • Governor Bill Richardson (NM)
  • Mayor Daniel McKee (Cumberland, RI)
  • State Representative
  • Jan Jones (GA)

2008

  • Senator Thomas R. Carper (DE)
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA)
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg (New York, NY)
  • State Senator Peter Groff (CO)

2007

  • U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)
  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (GA)
  • Mayor Richard Daley (Chicago, IL)
  • State Representative Dwight Evans (PA)

2006

  • Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
  • Lieutenant Governor Bill Owens (CO)
  • State Representative Ralph Arza (FL)
  • Mayor Bart Peterson (Indianapolis, IN)