Press Release ● Congress
For Immediate Release: 
July 23, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC  Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced the winners of the tenth-annual 2019 Member Online All-Star Competition today, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-05) as both the 2019 Overall MVP and as the Freshman MVP. The top 50 Members, top 3 Committees, and top 2 Caucuses have also been named 2019 Online All-Stars. The full list can be found below, and the final scoreboard can be viewed at https://majorityleader.gov/allstar.
 
“I’m pleased to announce this year’s Online All-Stars, who led House Democrats in acquiring 1.7 million new followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube during the three-week competition,” stated Leader Hoyer. “That is over 2.5 times more growth than we’ve ever had during the ten years my office has been running the annual contest. Millions more Americans will now regularly see updates of House Democrats’ ongoing work For The People thanks to our collective efforts. I congratulate Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is the first Freshman lawmaker in the contest’s ten year history to also win the Overall MVP award, as well as Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) for finishing in the top five.  I thank all of the Members and their staffs for their hard work and innovative efforts over the past three weeks to reach and engage with more Americans online.”
 
Rep. Ilhan Omar gained a record 147,853 new followers over the three-week contest in part by standing strong against the President’s racist attacks against her, celebrating America, expressing her gratitude and pride in presiding over the House, celebrating diversity at Netroots Nation, cheering House passage of a $15 minimum wage, criticizing the President’s Muslim ban, playing street soccer, speaking out against the President’s indifference toward the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, and calling for diversity in tech.
 
Committee Democrats and Caucuses also participated in the competition. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, Small Business Committee Democrats, Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats, and Judiciary Committee Democrats were named 2019 All-Stars. 
 
Over the coming week, the creative category finalists and winners will be announced for Best Video, Best Graphic, Best Online Ad, Best Franked Email, Best E-Newsletter, and Best Constituent Services Post. 
 
This year’s total of over 1.7 million new followers for House Democrats on social networks marks a substantial increase over previous years; see below for a chart tracking the number of followers gained over the past ten years of the contest.
 
Year Total new 
followers
MVP(s)
2019 1,702,301 Overall MVP and Freshman MVP Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-05)
2018 251,487 MVP Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), Freshman MVP Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Election Blackout MVP Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA-04)
2017 645,000 MVP Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) and Freshman MVP Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04)
2016 248,000 MVP Barbara Lee (CA-13), Freshman MVP Ted Lieu (CA-33), and Election Blackout MVP Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
2015 231,000 MVP Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-05) and Freshman MVP Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
2014 213,000 MVP Rep. John Lewis (GA-05), Freshman MVP Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Election Blackout MVP Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05)
2013 163,000 MVP Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) and Freshman MVP Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
2012 139,000 MVP Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02)
2011 57,000 MVP Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
2010 43,000 Co-MVP Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (PR) and Co-MVP Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02)
 


The final scoreboard can be viewed at https://majorityleader.gov/allstar.
 
NOTE: Members of Leadership, while included on the live scoreboard, were not counted in determining All-Stars and are not included in the list below. Also, former winners of the MVP trophies, while eligible to be named All-Stars, are ineligible to win the same trophy more than once. 
 
2019 Member All-Stars:
  1. ILHAN OMAR (MN05)
  2. AYANNA PRESSLEY (MA07)
  3. RASHIDA TLAIB (MI13)
  4. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (NY14)
  5. *JOAQUIN CASTRO (TX20)
  6. **JOHN LEWIS (GA05)
  7. *PRAMILA JAYAPAL (WA07)
  8. **ADAM SCHIFF (CA28)
  9. ELIJAH CUMMINGS (MD07)
  10. **MAXINE WATERS (CA43)
  11. *TULSI GABBARD (HI02)
  12. JUDY CHU (CA27)
  13. ERIC SWALWELL (CA15)
  14. BILL PASCRELL (NJ09)
  15. JERROLD NADLER (NY10)
  16. ALAN LOWENTHAL (CA47)
  17. JOYCE BEATTY (OH03)
  18. *JOSEPH KENNEDY (MA04)
  19. NYDIA VELAZQUEZ (NY07)
  20. KAREN BASS (CA37)
  1. MADELEINE DEAN (PA04)
  2. KATIE PORTER (CA45)
  3. DON BEYER (VA08)
  4. JIM HIMES (CT04)
  5. JACKIE SPEIER (CA14)
  6. **BARBARA LEE (CA13)
  7. AL GREEN (TX09)
  8. LAUREN UNDERWOOD (IL14)
  9. VERONICA ESCOBAR (TX16)
  10. LORI TRAHAN (MA-3)
  11. *ANTHONY BROWN (MD04)
  12. JAMES MCGOVERN (MA02)
  13. LLOYD DOGGETT (TX35)
  14. TERRI SEWELL (AL07)
  15. KATIE HILL (CA25)
  16. DEB HAALAND (NM01)
  17. NANETTE BARRAGÁN (CA44)
  18. FREDERICA WILSON (FL24)
  19. LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD (CA40)
  20. GERRY CONNOLLY (VA11)
  21. NORMA TORRES (CA35)
  1. CHARLIE CRIST (FL13)
  2. DEBBIE MUCARSEL-POWELL (FL26)
  3. SHARICE DAVIDS (KS03)
  4. CAROLYN MALONEY (NY12)
  5. JAHANA HAYES (CT05)
  6. XOCHITL TORRES SMALL  (NM02)
  7. RO KHANNA (CA17)
  8. LIZZIE FLETCHER (TX07)
  9. SHEILA JACKSON-LEE (TX18)
2019 Committee All-Stars:
  1. SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE
  2. FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  3. JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
2019 Caucus All-Stars:
  1. CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS
  2. CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS

**Previous Overall MVP
*Previous Freshman or Election Blackout MVP