Senator Bonnie Westlin Awarded Fellowship to Attend Midwestern Leadership Institute

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Wednesday, May 22, Senator Bonnie Westlin (DFL – Plymouth) was among 39 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.

Sen. Westlin will meet with fellow lawmakers from Minnesota and 10 other Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces on August 23-27 in Madison, Wis., for The Council of State Governments’ 29th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).

“I’m excited for this unique opportunity to learn and grow in leadership,” said Sen. Westlin. “Our narrowly divided legislature requires policymakers ready to take the reins and reach out to anyone willing to do the work. This collaborative mindset was key to our wins around some very tough issues over the last two years. I hope to hear about other legislatures around the Midwest and bring back new ideas for leadership and collaboration to move our state forward.”

Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments has national headquarters in Lexington, Ky., and regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago (Lombard, Ill.), New York City and Sacramento. The goal of the national, nonpartisan organization is to assist and advance state government by providing research assistance, professional development opportunities, interstate consulting services, and suggested state legislation.

BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of increased policy responsibility being shifted to the states and, in many states, term limits and high legislative turnover.  These two emerging forces highlight the shortage of training available for legislators — a void that BILLD aims to fill.

Senator Bonnie Westlin represents Senate District 42 which includes Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, and Plymouth. She is vice chair of the Elections Committee and serves on the Education Finance Committee and the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

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