Maxine Waters Wins Social Media Competition

Posted October 20, 2011 at 9:00am

Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) won a social media competition among House Democrats.

In a competition House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called “remarkable,” Waters won the race to add the most followers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in three weeks.

The 2011 Member Online All-Star Competition pit House Democrat against House Democrat as lawmakers vied for the title of “MVP.”  This year, Hoyer said in a statement announcing the contest’s results, House Democrats collectively acquired more than 57,000 new fans, followers and subscribers — surpassing last year’s total by more than 14,000.

“Overall, the competition was a huge success,” Hoyer said. “[It] was remarkable, with the leader changing multiple times.”

Runners-up include Reps. Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Adam Smith (Wash.) and Ted Deutch (Fla.). All of them finished with 1,000 new followers across all three social media platforms.

Of the top 50 highest-gainers, a handful were freshmen, including Reps. Terri Sewell (Ala.) and Cedric Richmond (La.). Rep. Janice Hahn (Calif.), who was sworn in just three month ago after a special election to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D), came in at number 28.

A number of committees and caucuses also had good showings: the Education and Workforce, Ways and Means, and Oversight and Government Reform committees were top-earners, as were the Congressional Progressive and Hispanic caucuses.

Modeled after a House Republican effort that started in 2010, the three-week social media competition was managed by the Hoyer’s office.

Last year, Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.) and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico) were co-MVPs in the Democrat’s competition. This year, Polis placed 13th, while Pierluisi took 26th.