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For Immediate Release: 
July 21, 2014
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Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced the winners of the 2014 Member Online All-Star Competition today. See below for the list of Members, Committees, and Caucuses that have been named 2014 Online All-Stars.

“I’m pleased to announce this year’s Online All-Stars, who led House Democrats in acquiring over 213,000 new followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube,” stated Whip Hoyer. “Over this three-week competition, House Democrats did an outstanding job connecting with hundreds of thousands of new followers, surpassing last year’s total by 50,000. I congratulate Reps. John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and Dan Kildee on being named MVPs, and I thank all of the Members and their staffs for their hard work and innovative efforts to reach and engage with more Americans through social media.”

The 2014 MVP, Rep. John Lewis (GA-05), gained an impressive 17,495 new followers, thanks to his engaging content, including photos from his work in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, which he compared to today's work for LGBT rights, as well as posts on immigration reform. Freshman MVP Joaquin Castro (TX-20) gained 6,051 new followers in part by hosting a Facebook Q&A virtual townhall, hosting a constituent cover photo contest, and bringing attention to the humanitarian crisis at the border. Overall, House Democratic Freshmen did an extraordinary job competing in the contest, holding 15 of the top 50 All-Star spots.  

Out of the 58 House Democrats who were in a pre-election Franking blackout period, which prohibits some actions like advertisements, Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05) won the Election Blackout MVP award by gaining 2,873 new followers, in part by pushing to renew unemployment benefits and posting a “selfie” with fellow Reps. Takano and Lowenthal

Committee Democrats and Caucuses also participated in the competition. The Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Oversight & Government Reform Committee Democrats, Ways & Means Committee Democrats, and Science, Space, & Technology Committee Democrats were named 2014 All-Stars.

This year’s total of over 213,000 new followers for House Democrats on social networks marks an impressive increase over the previous year’s total:  


Total new




MVP Rep. John Lewis (GA-05), Freshman MVP Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Election Blackout MVP Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05)



MVP Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) and Freshman MVP Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)



MVP Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02)



MVP Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35)



Co-MVP Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (PR) and Co-MVP Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02)

This year’s competition included Instagram for the first time, and the contest resulted in the near doubling of House Democrats with Instagram accounts, from 50 accounts prior to the competition to 88 accounts now.  House Democrats gained 6,500 new followers on Instagram during the competition.

Note: Members of Leadership, while participating in the competition, were not counted in determining All-Stars and are not included in the list below.

2014 Member All-Stars:

  1. John Lewis (GA05)
  2. Joaquin Castro (TX20)
  3. Luis Gutierrez (IL04)
  4. Beto O'Rourke (TX16)
  5. Steven Horsford (NV04)
  6. Barbara Lee (CA13)
  7. Adam Schiff (CA28)
  8. Chris Van Hollen (MD08)
  9. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM01)
  10. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL23)
  11. Alan Lowenthal (CA47)
  12. Dan Kildee (MI05)
  13. Paul Tonko (NY20)
  14. Elijah Cummings (MD07)
  15. Tammy Duckworth (IL08)
  16. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY25)
  17. Marcia Fudge (OH11)
  18. Bill Pascrell (NJ09)
  19. Cheri Bustos (IL17)
  1. Mark Takano (CA41)
  2. Terri Sewell (AL07)
  3. Maxine Waters (CA43)
  4. Doris Matsui (CA06)
  5. Jackie Speier (CA14)
  6. Frank Pallone (NJ06)
  7. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX30)
  8. Joyce Beatty (OH03)
  9. Alan Grayson (FL09)
  10. Patrick Murphy (FL18)
  11. John Garamendi (CA03)
  12. Sam Farr (CA20)
  13. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC00)
  14. Keith Ellison (MN05)
  15. Katherine Clark (MA05)
  16. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX18)
  17. Charles Rangel (NY13)
  18. John Barrow (GA12)
  19. Janice Hahn (CA44)
  20. Joseph Kennedy (MA04)
  21. Dina Titus (NV01)
  22. Matt Cartwright (PA17)
  1. John Conyers (MI13)
  2. Gregory Meeks (NY05)
  3. Lloyd Doggett (TX35)
  4. Eliot Engel (NY16)
  5. Donna Edwards (MD04)
  6. Mike Quigley (IL05)
  7. Bennie Thompson (MS02)
  8. Sander Levin (MI09)
  9. Ben Lujan (NM03)

2014 Committee All-Stars:

  1. Oversight & Government Reform Committee
  2. Ways And Means Committee
  3. Science, Space, & Technology Committee

2014 Caucus All-Stars:

  1. Congressional Black Caucus
  2. Congressional Hispanic Caucus