Editor's Choice
Mark Ferrandino, Colorado Speaker of the House

Selecting the “best” politician is sort of like choosing our favorite traffic jam, so we're naming Colorado's speaker of the House our “most compelling” elected official. With civil unions and gun control already signed into law, this veteran Democrat has become 2013's highly scrutinized point person for Colorado's ongoing progressive (r)evolution.

Reader's Choice
John Hickenlooper, Governor

Governor Hick continues his decade-long winning streak by—as always—shrewdly balancing progressive policies with bipartisan deal-making.