The Woman Behind This ER Dedicated to Addiction
Mayor, Palm Beach County, Fla.
McKinlay’s been around government her entire career, working as a staffer for a state agency, the county and a U.S. senator. She ran for a commission seat in 2014 and will seek reelection this year. “I took on an internship at the Florida House of Representatives,” she says, “and haven’t stopped since.”
Her other signature issue also stems from personal experience: the county’s paid family leave benefit. McKinlay, a divorced mother of three, knows first-hand how important it is to have time to care for newborns and other family members. “There were a lot of days when I let my child go to day care with Tylenol when I should have stayed home with him,” she says.