The TV Reporter-Turned-State Lawmaker-Turned-City Councilor Fighting for Women
State Representative, Louisiana
In 2008, she unsuccessfully mounted a primary challenge against Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson (who was convicted on bribery charges the following year). Two years later, she ran for an open state House seat and won. As a legislator, Moreno has authored several major domestic violence bills, including one that overhauls how victims are treated by law enforcement and health-care workers.
Last year she was elected to the New Orleans City Council and will take office in June.
She plans to implement a program requiring domestic abuse offenders to turn in their firearms. She also wants to retool how local police respond to reported rape and other abuse cases. “Women have been put on the back-burner for so long in this state,” she says, “and I think people are just looking for someone to take the ball and run with it.”