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Sonia Sotomayor, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice since 2009, has played a prominent — and oftentimes dissenting — role this year. Many Americans anticipate that the Court will determine the 2020 election, bringing Sotomayor’s defense of voting rights into national focus.
A veteran reporter with over three decades of experience, Engelberg oversees a team of over 100 journalists as Editor-in-Chief of ProPublica, a nonprofit organization that exposes abuses of power. Since 2010, ProPublica has won five Pulitzer Prizes.
Since 2009, Jeffrey Merkley has served as Oregon’s junior U.S. senator. A staunch liberal, he was the only senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in 2016; he eschewed running for president in 2020 in favor of seeking reelection in the Senate.
Ted Cruz is Texas’s junior U.S. Senator. He won the 2012 Senate race as an underdog candidate in the Republican primary. Since 2012, he has remained a firmly conservative senator, with a large national following but few allies in Congress. After a failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Cruz has become a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.
General Mark A. Milley is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military position in the United States. He serves as the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council’s primary military adviser.
In 2010, Elena Kagan ’81 became the fourth woman ever to sit on the United States Supreme Court, having been nominated by President Barack Obama.
David Remnick ’81, who concentrated in comparative literature, has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998. He joined the magazine as a staff writer in 1992.
P.G. Sittenfeld ’07 (D) has been a member of the Cincinnati City Council since 2011, when he became the youngest person ever elected to the body. In July, he announced his campaign for Mayor of Cincinnati; the election will occur in Nov. 2021.
Kimberley Strassel has sat on The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Editorial Board since 2005 and has written the WSJ’s Potomac Watch column since 2007. In her column, she opines on national politics with a conservative take.
Derek Kilmer, who has represented Washington’s 6th District since 2012, has spent much of his eight years in the U.S. House fighting partisanship. A moderate Democrat, Rep. Kilmer serves as Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, a caucus of moderate and center-left Democrats that seeks to bridge the gap between left and right. The Coalition includes Rep. Terri Sewell ’86 (D-Ala.), who is also featured on our list.
Michelle Obama, who concentrated in Sociology, spent eight years as the United States’ first African American first lady, beginning with the 2008 election of her husband, President Barack Obama. Since leaving the White House, Obama’s profile and influence have only grown, and 2020 has been no exception.
On Monday, the University announced that its endowment earned a 5.6 percent return for the fiscal year 2020, which ended on June 30, 2020. The endowment now stands at $26.6 billion, up around $500 million from last year.
The first woman to serve as Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gopinath holds one of the most prestigious posts available to academic economists. At the IMF, she provides independent advice on a wide range of international economic policy issues.
As the president and chief executive officer of one of the 12 reserve banks of the Federal Reserve System as well as a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, Mester is one of the most influential decision-makers in U.S. monetary policy.
As 10th Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Swagel oversees an independent and non-partisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analyses to assist both chambers of Congress in forming Congressional budgets.
As Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Michael Kratsios has encouraged U.S. competition in emerging technologies. He also spearheaded U.S. entry into the G7 Global Partnership on A.I., a coalition that counters China’s influence over new artificial intelligence technology.
As Chair of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell supervises the United States’ central banking system. Described by former Federal Reserve Chair and University professor Ben Bernanke as “a consensus builder,” Powell has provoked sharp criticism from President Donald Trump, who nominated him. In particular, Trump has denounced Powell’s decisions to gradually raise interest rates and reduce the purchasing of financial assets through quantitative easing.
With a consequential election less than a week away, questions about voting — who, how, where — are on everyone’s minds. But for a dedicated group of Princeton students, the logistics of voting have taken up months of time and energy, and their efforts have garnered national praise.