For the first time, TIME has assembled a roster of this year’s rising political stars–40 candidates, strategists, leaders and office-holders under 40 years of age. You can check out the list, which includes micro-profiles and honoree interviews, here. Best choice? Worst choice? Who’d we miss?
(Bonus: Time.com has also put together a gallery of the Top 10 American Political Prodigies of all time, from Thomas Jefferson to a current West Wing leader. Though perhaps not the one you’d expect.)