ST. PAUL, MINN. – Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) has been invited to join the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship Program for Public Leadership. Senator Reinert, along with 23 other emerging leaders in American government will be part of the eighth class of Fellows. The program is by invitation only to men and women ideally between the ages of 25 and 50, and will focus on promoting bipartisan problem-solving public leadership.
Senator Reinert and other Fellows were chosen by the program’s leadership as America’s emerging political leaders with reputations for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue. All of them were nominated by their peers and political observers and community leaders. The 24-month fellowship program consists of three weekend-long seminars centered around in-depth academic readings, lectures and discussion.
The Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship program was created in 2005 with the goal of producing a more bipartisan approach to American’s most important domestic issues like health care, public education and the environment. The program’s leaders recognize that bipartisanship can only be achieved when our political leaders are thoughtful and committed. The Rodel Fellowship is not a political program, but an education and leadership training program that exposes participants to a variety of philosophies, viewpoints and strategies.
“I am truly honored to be invited to participate in the Rodel Fellowship program. The Aspen Institute is arguably the most credible organization in the world focused on approaching critical issues in a nonpartisan fashion. My work in the Purple Caucus has always had the goal of bipartisanship at its core, and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with other elected representatives from around the country. The experience of being a Rodel Fellow will make me a stronger legislator and Senator for Duluth. I thank the Aspen Institute for inviting me to participate, and I look forward to our first meeting in January,” Senator Reinert said.
Senator Reinert is the only Fellow participant this year from Minnesota. He is joined by Justin Alfond, President of the Maine Senate, Arizona State Representative Heather Carter, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives Kraig Paulsen, and 19 others. Previous Fellows have gone on to serve as governors, members of congress, high-ranking local and state officials and members of the President’s cabinet.