Push Digital is proud to announce that Austin Stukins, Director of Business Development has been honored by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old.

“AAPC is pleased to recognize Austin as a member of our 2021 class of 40 Under 40 for their outstanding achievements,” said AAPC President Becki Donatelli. “Each year, this award recognizes 40 rising stars in American political consulting who have made a real difference in campaigns.”

“Austin is a real difference maker for Push and for our clients,” said Push Digital Present Phil Vangelakos. “He makes all of us better, and we’re thrilled that he’s being honored for his outstanding work.”

Only 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats in the United States were named to AAPC’s exclusive “40 Under 40” winners list. Candidates were evaluated on their role as a strategic consultant in the industry, along with leadership and professional accomplishments in political consulting.

Stukins joined Push Digital in 2020. He previously served as Deputy Coalitions Director for Donald J. Trump for President, as Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party, Digital and Political Director for the Republican Party of Louisiana and as a policy advisor to the Louisiana Attorney General. Stukins served in the United States Marine Corps from 2001 – 2009, including service at the Pentagon and in Iraq from 2007-08. After his service in the USMC, Stukins enrolled at Louisiana State University, graduating in 2013.

The AAPC recognized the winners of the 40 Under 40 Awards at the 2021 Pollie Conference on October 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Conference brings the leading political professionals in the world together to network and hear from top technology innovators, pollsters, pundits and service providers. The 40 Under 40 Awards Ceremony and Reception was sponsored by PayClearly, and was held at Caesars Palace.

AAPC Vice President Larry Huynh added: “This year’s judging process was especially difficult for our bipartisan team of judges as this year’s nomination pool included many qualified and talented young political consultants who excelled in the face of incredible obstacles throughout the 2020 campaign cycle. We were beyond pleased to celebrate the achievements of this year’s 40 Under 40 class in person at Pollies 21 Live.”

Click here to view the full list of the 2021 “40 Under 40” winners.


About AAPC

Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has over 1,400 members hailing from all corners of the globe. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. For more information, see www.theaapc.org.

About the 2021 AAPC Pollie Conference

As the premier industry event, the 2021 AAPC Pollie Conference is held in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 19 – 21, 2021 and bring the leading political professionals in the world together to network and hear from top technology innovators, pollsters, pundits and service providers. The Conference features cutting-edge programming on key industry trends, designed to empower attendees to leverage the latest techniques in campaign strategy and management. The Conference is widely recognized as the must-attend event for political consultants, media buyers, public affairs specialists, suppliers, industry leaders and journalists. For details, visit www.theaapc.org.