The Republican Party's 5 Rising Stars

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Lost amid the punditry and hyperbole this election season is another reason these elections carry historical importance--the ability to establish a deep bench. This year's winners will benefit from having a clean slate, free of earmarks, pork barrel politics, and votes on big-spending bills.

What names should you keep an eye on? Here are five newly elected Republicans who have the charisma, intelligence, and drive to succeed in the new voting paradigm.

Next: 1. Marco Rubio, Florida senator-elect

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