Now that the 2012 presidential campaign is pretty much down to the final two candidates — President Barack Obama for the Democrats and former Governor Mitt Romney for the Republicans (sorry, Ron Paul!), we can finally turn our attention to some of the other races that are going on across the country.
Of course, the race for the White House is the one that will have most of our attention, but while these two guys duke it out, there are a lot of moms running for various elective offices across the country who are trying to make a difference, as well.
Of course, those are some pretty powerful moms in the photo here with Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s most senior advisors. And I have no doubt they’re making their own change in their communities (myself included!).
But here are ten moms who you’re going to see on the campaign trail this year in various roles — they’re ones we should all be watching!
Kirsten Gillibrand 1 of 10The junior U.S. Senator from New York is the mom of two young boys and a force to be reckoned with as she runs for re-election to the office that used to be Hillary Clinton's. She's only 45, so while she says she would love to see Secretary of State Clinton run for the White House in 2016, there's certainly enough time for her own presidential bid down the road!
Image via www.gillibrand.senate
Mia Love 2 of 10Mia Love is a newcomer to the national scene. She's running for Congress in a newly formed district in Utah and is a mom of three. She's currently the Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. If she wins this fall, she would be the first African American Republican congresswoman in history.
Image via www.love4utah.com/
Nikki Haley 3 of 10South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is the mother of two daughters and is another woman on the potential short list to be Mitt Romney's running mate this fall. She's the author of her recently released memoir in which she talks about what it was like growing up as a woman of color in the Deep South.
Image via www.nikkihaley.com
Debbie Wasserman Schultz 4 of 10This mother of three is a true power player. A Congressomwoman from Florida, she is also the head of the Democratic National Committee, the powerful fundraising arm of the Democratic Party. Sadly, when the New York Times profiled her after she became the head of the DNC, the picture they used was of her in her kitchen in her pink sweatsuit.
Image via wassermanschultz.house.gov
Kristi Noem 5 of 10This congresswoman from South Dakota is the mother of three children. While she's only been in Congress for less than two years, she's also seen as a potential power player, especially among those "mama grizzlies" who liked Sarah Palin.
Image via www.kristiforcongress.com
Donna Edwards 6 of 10This mom of one son is a congresswoman from Maryland, who's viewed as an up-and-coming presence in the Democratic Party. She has been a vocal advocate for reforming campaign finance laws, especially in this era of massive Super-PAC giving.
Image via donnaedwards.house.gov
Kelly Ayotte 7 of 10This mom of two has been the junior Senator from New Hampshire for about a year and a half, but was the Attorney General of New Hampshire before that. She's been talked about as a possible vice presidential running mate for Mitt Romney.
Image via ayotte.senate.gov
Elizabeth Warren 8 of 10The mom of a grown daughter and grandmother of three, Elizabeth Warren was the sheriff who came to town to clean up financial fraud. Now she's running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. At the moment, she's in a dead heat in the race against current Senator Scott Brown.
Image via elizabethwarren.com
Cathy McMorris Rodgers 9 of 10Another mom of two, Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the highest ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives. You might recognize her from all the photo ops with Speaker of the House John Boehner — she's usually the only woman in the photo!
Image via mcmorris.house.gov
Michelle Obama 10 of 10Yes, believe it or not, I've included the first lady on this list! As a famous mom of two daughters, she just hosted a "Take Your Child to Work Day" event at the White House. One of the young attendees asked her if she would follow in Hillary Clinton's footsteps and run for President one day. Michelle's response? An emphatic, "No!"
Image via www.whitehouse.gov
Who’s on your Power Mom list to watch in 2012?
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