The highly-anticipated annual list features a collection of the top African-American influencers between the ages of 25 and 45 who are boldly breaking new ground in their respective fields, and impacting American society with their accomplishments. The Root‘s editorial team calculated the rankings of the nominees using data from Lexis Nexis, Google, and Twitter to determine their level of influence or influence score. With over 800 names submitted, the team ranked leading names by combining their influence score with a substance score for their contributions to their communities and professions.
The following are the top elected officials and political operatives from The Root 100 list. To see the full list, click here.