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June 18, 2013


48 State Leaders Selected as CSG Toll Fellows

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Forty-eight state policymakers from across the country have been selected as The Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellows for the Class of 2013.

The Toll Fellows in the Class of 2013 represent 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive. A 13-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

"Individually, these leaders have a proven track record of accomplishing great things; collectively they represent the future leadership of the states," said David Adkins, CSG's executive director/CEO.

Members of the 2013 CSG Toll Fellows Class by state are:

Alaska: House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt
Arkansas: Sen. Bill Sample
California: Brian Ebbert, assistant chief clerk/parliamentarian, State Assembly
Colorado: Sen. Linda Newell
Connecticut: Rep. James Albis; Teresa Younger, executive director, Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
Delaware: Meahgan Brennan, director, Budget Development, Planning and Administration, Office of Management and Budget; Sean Finnigan, chief of staff, House Majority Caucus; Sen. Bryan Townsend
Florida: Rep. Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen
Georgia: Judge Stephen Goss, Dougherty Judicial Circuit; Rep. Jay Neal; Chief Judge Steven Teske, Juvenile Court of Clayton County
Hawaii: Rep. Isaac Choy
Idaho: Senate President Pro Tempore H. Brent Hill; Rep. Jeffrey Thompson
Illinois: Tim Mapes, chief of staff, Illinois House Speaker
Indiana: Sen. Philip Boots; James Holden, chief deputy and general counsel, Indiana State Treasurer
Kansas: Rep. Valdenia Winn
Kentucky: House Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly; Sen. Whitney Westerfield
Maine: Donald McCormack, director, Bureau of General Services, Department of Administrative & Financial Services
Massachusetts: Sen. Marc Pacheco
Michigan: Rep. Philip Cavanagh
Minnesota: Supreme Court Associate Justice Grant Barry Anderson; Rep. Rena Moran
Mississippi: Sen. Will Longwitz
Nevada: Senate Majority Floor Leader Mo Denis; Sen. Tick Segerblom
New Hampshire: Sen. Sharon Carson, House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff
New Mexico: Rep. Georgene Louis
North Dakota: Rep. Scot Kelsh
Ohio: Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mary Elizabeth Gill
Oregon: Presiding Judge Nan Waller, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Pennsylvania: Rep. Pamela DeLissio
Puerto Rico: José Negrón-Fernández, Correction and Rehabilitation Secretary
South Dakota: Revenue Secretary Andrew Gerlach; Senate Majority Whip Dan Lederman
Tennessee: House Democratic Floor Leader Karen Camper; Sen. Doug Overbey
Vermont: Alyson Richards director of special projects and intergovernmental affairs, Office of the Governor
Virginia: State Treasurer Manju Ganeriwala
Washington: Rep. Sharon Wylie
West Virginia: Jann Hoke, director, Equal Employment Opportunity Office
Wisconsin: Rep. Katrina Shankland
Wyoming: House Minority Floor Leader Mary Throne

The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings 48 of the nation's top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive six-day, five-night "intellectual boot camp."

The program's agenda includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. While each year's program is unique, previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry, adaptive leadership and much more.

Adkins was a 1993 Toll Fellow when he served as a Kansas state representative.

"The Toll Fellowship remains the oldest and most prestigious of all leadership development programs for elected officials," he said. "Its impact is profound and its quality is renowned. As a Toll Fellow from 1993, I know first hand the impact the program has on elected officials."

Toll Fellows alumni include U.S. Rep. John Carney, a former Delaware lieutenant governor; U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a former Hawaii state Senate president; U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a former Indiana secretary of state; former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

This year's program will be held Aug. 16-21.


The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.