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Pennsylvania has no shortage of young up-and-coming people whose professional stars are on the rise. We picked individuals whose talent, ability and shining careers have made our radar screen.  Some are legislative staff members making a difference in government. Some are lobbyists we think are about to make it big.  Some are campaign operatives making their mark in politics. And some are consultants to keep an eye on.  As always, our list is purely subjective. This list does not include elected officials and the names are listed in alphabetical order.


Hugh Allen


Chief of Staff, Philadelphia Councilman Rick Mariano





Erik Arneson


Chief of Staff, Senate Majority Leader Chip Brightbill





Tabb Bishop


Lobbyist, S.R. Wojdak & Associates






Gladys Brown


Deputy Chief Counsel, Senate Democratic Caucus




Jennifer Brubaker


Director of Legislative Research, House Democratic Caucus





Jim Cawley


Campaign Manager, Tomlinson for Senate Committee





Flavia Colgan


Campaign Manager, Knoll for Lt. Governor Committee






Drew Crompton


Counsel to President Pro Tempore Bob Jubelirer

Vanessa DeSalvo


 Executive Director, Casey for Governor Committee





Mia DeVane


Communications Director, Democratic State Committee



Mike DeVanney


Chief of Staff, State Representative Mike Turzi





John Hawkins


Democratic State Committee liaison to Casey for Governor campaign and Fumo operative



Tommy Johnson


Staff aide, U.S. Senator Rick Santorum



Colleen Kopp


Executive Director, House Minority Whip Mike Veon

Craig Kwiecinski


Communications Director, Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy





Joy Maatman


Senior Associate, Greenlee Partners



Warner Macklin, III


Candidate, operative and entrepreneur



Mike Manzo


Chief of Staff, House Minority Leader Bill DeWeese





Pat Marano


Executive Director, Montgomery County GOP



Bill Miller


Campaign Manager, Melissa Hart for Congress



Brad Murphy


Former Elizabeth Dole aide and NRCC staffer.



Brian Nutt


Political Director, Fisher for Governor



Doug Rohanna


Senior Associate, The Bravo Group





Mike Roman


Assistant to House Majority Leader John  Perzel



Chad Saylor


Executive Director, Republican State Committee





 Kira Swencki


Account Executive, Brabender Cox Mihalke





Mike Walsh


Campaign Manager, Kukovich for Lt. Governor



Patty Welty


Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Governor Mark Schweiker