14. LaPhonza Butler
Are you a candidate for office? Are you a lawmaker pushing legislation? If so, SEIU State Council President Laphonza Butler is someone you want on your side. Butler was born and raised in Mississippi with a mother who worked her fingers to the bone to support her family. Butler takes her personal life to the professional stage and spends each day, she says, fighting to protect those just like her mother. The SEIU State Council represents some 700,000 workers. She’s also vice president of SEIU International and President of SEIU Local 2015. Butler played a key role in boosting pay for long-term care workers, and she was at the center of the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15 and hour. Butler, who got the troops out for Hillary Clinton last year in California, is credited for winning local and statewide approval of the $15 an hour minimum wage. She also has a journalistic streak — she writes for the Huffington Post and other outlets.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017