The 30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians

Jan. 23, 2014, 6:11 p.m.

This town has al­ways been a (some­times am­bi­val­ent) home for am­bi­tious, closeted gay men and wo­men. But now bal­lot meas­ures, state le­gis­latures, and fed­er­al judges are ad­van­cing LGBT rights by the day; more openly gay mem­bers join Con­gress every cycle; the is­sues they and their al­lies cham­pi­on oc­cupy pride of place on the polit­ic­al agenda; and even Wash­ing­ton cul­ture has be­come en­tirely ha­bitu­ated. A change like this reaches bey­ond the sur­face to­po­graphy, deep in­to the tec­ton­ic ar­chi­tec­ture of Wash­ing­ton. These shifts have brought about the rise of an en­tirely new class of D.C. power play­ers. Here are the most in­flu­en­tial.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Jeremy Bernard attends the Newsweek & The Daily Beast 2012 Hero Summit at the United States Institute of Peace on November 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.  Getty Images
David Brock, of Media Matters for America.  ©2010 Richard A. Bloom
Guy Cecil of the Democratic Senetorial Campaign Committee.  National Journal
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. ©2014 Richard A. Bloom
Steve Elmendorf, co-owner of Elmendorf/Ryan LLC.  National Journal
Deputy Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning.  National Journal
U.S. Tax Court Judge Joseph Gale.  National Journal
Chad Griffin, president of thee Human Rights Campaign.  ©2012 Richard A. Bloom
Steve Gunderson, former Congressman and president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges an Universities.  National Journal
Mary Kay Henry is the president of the Service Employees Internatinoal Union, (SEIU).  ©2010 Chet Susslin
Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  (Ex-Im Bank) © 2013 Liz Lynch
Chris Hughes, owner of The New Republic magazine.  Jason Gardner Photography
MIchael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  National Journal
Judge Elaine Kaplan with the United States Court of Federal Claims.   National Journal
Philip McNamara National Journal
Ken Mehlman, Global Head of Public Affairs at KKR. National Journal
Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine ©2014 Richard A. Bloom
Tim MIller, executive director of the America Raising PAC.  National Journal
Rep. Mark Pocan, D- Wis.  ©2014 Richard A. Bloom
Bishop Gene Robinson  National Journal
Hilary Rosen of SDK Knickerbocker.  ©2014 Richard A. Bloom
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. ©2014 Richard A. Bloom
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Andrew Sullivan in his Washington, DC apartment on January 13, 2014 ©2014 RICHARD A BLOOM
Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif. ©2014 Richard A. Bloom
Matt Thompson, is the editorial product manager for National Public Radio.  ©2014 Richard A. Bloom
Randi Waingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers.  ©2009 Richard A. Bloom

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