Christine Quinn is not only the first woman Speaker of the New York City Council, but she is also the first openly gay and first Irish person to ever hold this position; and she is one of the most powerful people in the City. Since 1999, Quinn has served as the representative for the 3rd Council District of Manhattan. She has been a pioneer for equal rights, comprehensive health care, improved schools, tenants’ rights and affordable housing. Twice named by the New York Post one of the fifty most powerful women in New York City, and by New York Magazine as one of the most influential New Yorkers, Quinn has brought a new perspective to city government and has set a proactive agenda for the Council. A legislative innovator, Quinn has been a progressive force in creating policy that improves people’s lives and makes government more accessible. While visiting the White House this year, she asked President Obama to support equal benefits for domestic partners of federal employees. -KD
Remember, these are in no particular order because we love them all!