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St. Paul, MN – State Representative Erin Murphy (DFL – St. Paul) has been selected as one of 50 legislators in the nation to participate in the 2008 Program for Emerging Political Leaders at the University of Virginia.
The Emerging Leaders Program is a collaborative effort of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Administration. Rep. Murphy was selected for her exemplary leadership as a first-term state legislator. The program selects participants "who by their every day actions, display those qualities—integrity, intelligence, common sense, dedication to the institution they serve and the willingness to work across party lines for the benefit of the people--that we commonly identify with our finest legislative leaders."
"It is a great honor to be nominated and accepted to this leadership program," said Murphy. "I look forward to collaborating with experts and legislators from across the nation at this upcoming conference."
The legislators will convene for three days at the University of Virginia, where they will participate in interactive classroom discussions, and be given numerous opportunities to measure their expertise and knowledge against some of the most successful political and business leaders in the nation.
As a first term legislator, Rep. Murphy has taken leadership on a number of issues and was influential in the formation of the comprehensive health care reform bill that passed the House this year. In addition, Murphy was the chief author of several successful bills in her first legislative session that are now law, including creation of a law providing hospital visitation rights for domestic partners. She also secured funding for deaf and hard of hearing family support, the Hmong Studies Center at Concordia College in St. Paul, and funding for community health workers, expanding health education and advocacy in hard to reach communities.
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