Senator Elizabeth Warren Honored with Paul Wellstone Award for Political Leadership

Earlier today, the Wellstone Action team sent out the following press release:

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2013
Contact: Sara Beth Mueller,

Senator Elizabeth Warren Honored with Paul Wellstone Award for Political Leadership
Florida New Majority’s Executive Director, Gihan Perera, to Receive Wellstone Award for Movement Building

Washington, D.C. — Senator Elizabeth Warren will receive the Paul Wellstone Award for Political Leadership. The first of its kind, Senator Warren will accept this award from Wellstone Action tonight, at an event honoring Wellstone Action’s 10th Birthday at the headquarters of Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Senator Warren is being honored for her work, as Paul Wellstone liked to say, on behalf of the “little fellers.” From her work to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to her insistence on holding Wall Street banks and other financial institutions accountable, to her commitment to protecting middle-class families, Senator Warren embodies and champions a people-first politics that would have made Paul Wellstone proud.

At the event, Wellstone Action will also honor Gihan Perera, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Florida New Majority, with the Wellstone Award for Movement Building. In partnership with Wellstone Action, and with SEIU, Perera and Florida New Majority are transforming Florida’s infrastructure, creating a statewide, grassroots movement that leverages the power of elections to build long-term power and ignite the electorate in the Sunshine State.

Wellstone Action is the largest training and leadership development organization for the progressive movement in the United States. Founded in 2003, our relationship-driven, customized training and technical assistance programs are creating a critical mass of diverse progressive leaders and organizations that have both the motivation and technical expertise to win on the issues that improve people’s lives.

In ten years, Wellstone Action has trained nearly 60,000 candidates, campaigners, community organizers, and elected officials and partners with more than 350 frontline organizations to strengthen and transform the national progressive infrastructure. Wellstone Action has a particular expertise in the intersection of elections, organizing, and advocacy – this is the Wellstone Triangle, and it anchors the organization’s approach for building progressive power.


For ten years, Wellstone Action has advanced our mission to “ignite leadership in people and power in communities to win progressive change.” A decade ago, we were a one-room office; today, we’re a nationwide effort. No one else in the nation trains more leaders how to run – and win – on the issues that make a difference in people’s lives. Our work touches every corner of the country and impacts Americans of all stripes. The one thing that binds us all together is a common agreement with Paul and Sheila: “We all do better when we all do better.”