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Friday, September 28, 2007
Representative John Lesch is one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments, September 29 – October 4, 2007. "Comparing notes with successful public leaders from across the country is wonderful opportunity," said Lesch. "It's an honor to be selected, and I am confident it will enhance my ability to be an effective leader for St. Paul and Minnesota." The annual week-long seminar, named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded CSG in 1933, seeks to develop the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government. This year's dynamic program, held in Lexington, Ky., focuses on trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes. The experience gives these leaders perspectives they would not ordinarily obtain during the course of their regular governmental service. Lesch was selected from many outstanding applicants by a committee of state elected and appointed officials as one of the most promising leaders of state government. This year’s applicant pool included state leaders from all three branches and represented 40 states, 3 US territories and 1 Canadian province. Past Toll Fellowship graduates include governors, US Senators and members of Congress, as well as leaders in state government. Lesch has a strong record of active participation with innovative public service orientated groups. This past August, Lesch visited the Philippines with the American Council of Young Political Leaders on a U.S. State Department sponsored exchange program to study diplomacy among emerging leaders. Lesch has also been a Flemming Fellow with the Center for Policy Alternative since 2006. The Flemming Fellowship is an organization comprised of state legislators from throughout the country who share a commitment to public service and believe that government can and should play an active role in resolving some of the critical issues facing America today. Representative Lesch was also selected as BILLD Fellow in 2004. BILLD is a fellowship program sponsored by the Midwest Council of State Governments, an organization affiliated with the national Council of State Governments. -30-
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