2015 Public Officials of the Year

Why they won and what they said when accepting the award.
December 9, 2015

These nine outstanding state and local government leaders have taken decisive action to address some of the toughest, most entrenched problems in the country.

Watch each of their acceptance speeches below. Note: Wayne County, Mich., Prosecutor Kym Worthy was unable to attend, but you can read her profile.

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Rushern Baker III, County Executive, Prince George’s County, Md.

Read his profile.


Edmund Brown Jr., Governor, California

Read his profile.


Joseph Calabrese, CEO and General Manager, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Read his profile.


Jason Helgerson, State Medicaid Director, New York

Read his profile.


Mitchell Landrieu, Mayor, New Orleans

Read his profile.


Robert Stivers, Senate President, Kentucky

Read his profile.


Phil & Emada Tingirides, Commander & Sergeant, Los Angeles Police Department

Read their profile.


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