(Eagle River) - Representative Dan Saddler is one of 48 promising state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments, September 7-12, 2012.
Dan is a role model for all legislators, working tirelessly to make Alaska a stronger state.
~ Sen. Lesil McGuire
The annual week-long seminar, named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded the Council of State Governments (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.
Saddler was nominated by Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, with an additional endorsement from Senator Lesil McGuire. Saddler 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 41 states, two US territories and two Canadian provinces. Past Toll Fellowship graduates include governors, US Senators and members of Congress, as well as leaders in state government.
"As co-chair of both Military and Veterans Affairs and the Joint Armed Services committees, Representative Saddler has established himself as a good friend to and strong advocate for the military," according to Speaker Chenault. Senator McGuire praised Saddler's efforts in representing his District and the State, saying "Dan is a role model for all legislators, working tirelessly to make Alaska a stronger state.'
The Council of State Governments is the premier multi-branch organization forecasting policy trends for the community of states, commonwealths and territories on a national and regional basis. CSG alerts state elected and appointed officials to emerging social, economic, and political trends; offers innovative state policy responses to rapidly changing conditions; and advocates multi-state problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness. CSG promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills and champions state sovereignty.
For more information about the Henry Toll Fellowship Program, please contact Krista Rinehart at (859) 244-8249.