Madison City Councilwoman Arvina Martin nominated for Rising Star Award

Madison (Wisconsin) City Councilwoman Arvina Martin, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is a nominee for the sixth annual Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award. (Photo: Arvina Martin)

The first Native American woman to be elected to Madison City Council nominated for national award for women in politics

News Release

EMILY’s List

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has announced that Madison (Wisconsin) City Councilwoman Arvina Martin is a nominee for the sixth annual Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:

“Even before she became a trailblazer on the Madison City Council, Arvina Martin was dedicated to serving her community,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “She is working hard to make sure all voices and viewpoints, especially those of her fellow Ho-Chunk Nation members and other Native Americans, are heard by lawmakers. She believes that protecting voting rights and ensuring everyone can participate in democracy are fundamental pillars of a government that serves the people. Arvina is a strong advocate with a bright future and we are pleased to nominate her for the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.”

Arvina Martin is the first Native American woman to be elected to the Madison City Council. Born and raised in Madison, Arvina has dedicated her career to improving her community She worked to increase diversity at the University of Wisconsin, protect unionized workers, and advocated for voter protection during the 2016 elections. Martin has also acted as a representative for the Ho-Chunk Nation, of which EMILY’s List-endorsed Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-03) is also a member, in both political campaigns and state government.

Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office. Previous Rising Star Award recipients include Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2014, Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley in 2015, Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran in 2016, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym in 2017, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in 2018.

The Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award winner will be chosen with community input. Online voting can be found here.

Arvina Martin is nominated alongside:

Wendy Carrillo, California Assemblywoman
Jennifer Carroll Foy, Virginia Delegate
Margaret Good, Florida state Representative
Sandra Jauregui, Nevada Assemblywoman
Yuh-Line Niou, New York Assemblywoman

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