To say 2012 was an eventful year in politics is quite an understatement. No matter what side of the aisle you're on, it's probably felt like you've been duking it out for what you believe since January 1. And along the way, there have been quite a few outspoken movers and shakers who have stunned and entertained us but above all, created real, noticeable change.
Here, the top 12 political changemakers of 2012, in order from just plain great to most mind-blowingly incredible ...
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After giving a rousing speech at the DNC, disabled Iraq War veteran (who served as an Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm), Tammy Duckworth won a Congressional seat for Illinois, becoming one of the first military female combat veterans elected to Congress.
Sharing that title will be Tulsi Gabbard -- elected to represent Hawaii's 2nd congressional district in November -- who will also be the first American Samoan and the first-ever practicing Hindu member in Congress.