The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is proud to announce its 2022 Champions for Charters. This year’s bipartisan cohort of federal, state, and local elected officials joins a distinguished body of Charter Champions dating back to the award’s inception in 2006.


Federal Charter Champions

  • Representative Rick Allen, Georgia
  • Representative Tony Cardenas, California
  •  Representative Lizzie Fletcher, Texas
  • Senator Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire
  • Representative Debbie Lesko, Arizona
  • Representative Julia Letlow, Louisiana
  • Representative Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts
  • Senator Marco Rubio, Florida

State and Local Champions

  • Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  • Colorado Senator Rachel Zenzinger
  • Colorado Senator Paul Lundeen
  • Georgia State Board of Education Chairman Jason Downey
  • Georgia Representative Matt Dubnik
  • Georgia Representative Scott Hilton
  • Indiana Senator Lina Rogers
  • Maryland Senator Cory McCray
  • Missouri Representative Doug Richey
  • Missouri Former Representative Rasheen Aldridge
  • Montana Representative Sue Vinton
  • Montana Senator Kenneth Bogner
  • New Jersey Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly
  • North Carolina Representative Tricia Cotham
  • North Carolina Representative John Torbett
  • Tennessee Representative Charlie Baum
  • Rhode Island State Education Commissioner Angelia Infante-Green
  • Former Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Monica Garcia
  • Plainfield, New Jersey Mayor Adrian Mapp

Read more about our state 2023 Champions.


  • Representative Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Georgia
  • Senator Brian Schatz, Hawaii
  • Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., Louisiana
  • Representative John Moolenaar , Michigan
  • Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Representative Ritchie Torres, New York (Rising Star)
  • Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green
  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
  • Kentucky Representative Chad McCoy
  • New Mexico Senator Siah Correa Hemphill
  • New Mexico Representative Cathyrnn Brown
  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
  • South Dakota Senator Troy Heinert
  • Wyoming Senator Affie Ellis
  • Wyoming Senator Ogden Driskill
  • Wyoming Senator Charlie Scott

Read more about our 2022 Champions.


  • Representative Zoe Lofgren, California
  • Representative Salud Carbajal, California (Rising Star Award)
  • Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia
  • Senator Mazie Hirono, Hawaii
  • Ranking Member Virginia Foxx, North Carolina (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Representative Joseph Morelle, New York (Rising Star Award)
  • Representative Joe Wilson, South Carolina
  • LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin, Los Angeles
  • State Senator Douglas McCrory, Connecticut
  • State Senator David Sokola, Delaware
  • State Representative Earl Jaques Jr., Delaware
  • State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Florida
  • State Senator Manny Diaz Jr., Florida
  • Former State Senator Phil Pavlov, Michigan
  • State Representative Rebecca Roeber, Missouri
  • State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, New York
  • Governor Bill Lee, Tennessee
  • State Representative Harold Dutton Jr, Texas
  • Former State Speaker Greg Hughes, Utah
  • Former State Senator Howard Stephenson, Utah

Read more about our 2019 Champions.


  • Senator Chris Coons, Delaware
  • Senator John Cornyn, Texas
  • Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Representative Adriano Espaillat, New York (Rising Champion for Charters Award)
  • Representative Luke Messer, Indiana
  • Representative Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona
  • Governor Jerry Brown, California
  • Senator Steve Glazer, California
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose, California
  • Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, California
  • Assemblymember Shirley Weber, California
  • Senator Owen Hill, Colorado
  • Representative Brittany Pettersen, Colorado
  • Representative Lang Sias, Colorado
  • Senator Angela Williams, Colorado
  • Governor Dannel Malloy, Connecticut
  • Representative Judy Boyle, Idaho
  • Senator Lori Den Hartog, Idaho
  • Senator Bob Nonini, Idaho
  • Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico

Read about our 2018 Champions.


  • State Representative Dan Burke, Illinois
  • Governor Matt Bevin, Kentucky
  • State Representative John Carney, Kentucky
  • State Senator David Givens, Kentucky
  • State Representative and Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover, Kentucky
  • State Representative Phil Moffett, Kentucky
  • State Representative Jonathan Shell, Kentucky
  • State Senator Stephen West, Kentucky
  • State Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky
  • State Representative Jonathan Windy Boy, Montana
  • Assemblyman Troy Singleton, New Jersey
  • Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey
  • Representative Tom Cole, Oklahoma
  • State Senator Anthony H. Williams, Pennsylvania
  • Mayor James Diossa, Rhode Island
  • Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina
  • State Delegate R. Steven Landes, Virginia
  • State Senator Mark D. Obenshain, Virginia

Read about our 2017 Champions.


  • Senator Roy Blunt (MO)
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
  • Governor Charlie Baker (MA)
  • Mayor Michael Rawlings (Dallas, TX)
  • Senator Dennis Kruse (IN)
  • State Representative Bob Behning (IN)
  • State Senator Peggy Lehner (OH)
  • State Auditor Dave Yost (OH)
  • State Senator Steve Litzow (WA)
  • State Representative Larry Springer (WA)

Read about our 2016 Champions.


  • Senator Michael Bennet (CO)
  • Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
  • Governor Mary Fallin (OK)
  • Mayor Michael Hancock (Denver, CO)
  • State Senator Del Marsh (AL)
  • State Representative Terri Collins (AL)
  • State Senator Clark Jolley (OK)
  • State Senator Lee Denney (OK)

Read about our 2015 Champions.


  • Senator Mark Kirk (IL)
  • Representative George Miller (CA)
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo (NY)
  • Governor Brian Sandoval (NV)
  • Mayor Kevin Johnson (Sacramento, CA)
  • State Senator Jill Tokuda (HI)
  • State Representative Phil Owens (SC)

Read about our 2014 Champions.


  • Senator Richard J. Durbin (IL)
  • Chairman John Kline (MN)
  • Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (MS)
  • Mayor Karl Dean (Nashville, TN)
  • State Senator Gray Tollison (MS)


  • Senator Tom Harkin (IA)
  • Governor Nathan Deal (GA)
  • State Senator Malcolm Graham (NC)
  • State Representative Brian Bosma (IN)


  • Representative Howard P. McKeon (CA)
  • Mayor Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa (Los Angeles, CA)
  • State Senator Mark Boitano (RI)
  • Education Commissioner Deborah Gist (RI)


  • Representative Jared Polis (CO)
  • Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)
  • State Senator Wayne Kuipers (MI)
  • Mayor Francis G. Slay (St. Louis, MO)


  • Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT)
  • Governor Bill Richardson (NM)
  • Mayor Daniel McKee (Cumberland, RI)
  • State Representative
  • Jan Jones (GA)


  • Senator Thomas R. Carper (DE)
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA)
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg (New York, NY)
  • State Senator Peter Groff (CO)


  • U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)
  • Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (GA)
  • Mayor Richard Daley (Chicago, IL)
  • State Representative Dwight Evans (PA)


  • Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
  • Lieutenant Governor Bill Owens (CO)
  • State Representative Ralph Arza (FL)
  • Mayor Bart Peterson (Indianapolis, IN)


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