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Barbara Jordan, the co-founder of People For the American Way, was a true visionary and public servant. Serving as the first African American woman in the Texas State Legislature, and the first African American US Representative from the Deep South, she championed voting rights and the causes of the poor, the disadvantaged, and people of color.


The award honors Congresswoman Jordan’s legacy and dedication to public service and our country by recognizing one outstanding young elected official—chosen by their peers—who is following in her footsteps by advancing the cause of justice.


Each year, The Barbara Jordan Leadership Award is awarded to an elected official who has demonstrated a commitment to the values and mission of the YEO Network and has a distinguished record of service to their community and the progressive movement at large.

As the Young Elected Officials Network gathers for its first National Convening since 2019, we are proud to once again return to this cherished network tradition of applauding the transformative impact of young elected leaders on their communities, our country, and our democracy.

The 2024 Jordan Award Nominees

Nominees for our 2024 Award were selected by a committee of Young Elected Officials Network staff and alumni, as well as members of the leadership of People for the American Way. 

Here are your 2024 Nominees for YEO Network's Barbara Jordan Leadership Award:

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Vote for our 2024 Barbara Jordan Award Winner

YEO Network members and mentors (current elected officials) are invited to vote below between now and Friday, June 21, 2024 at 11:59pm

The winner will be announced at YEO's 2024 National Convening in Washington, D.C. Learn more at


"What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise."


Previous Jordan Award Winners

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