Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is one of only 24 American political leaders chosen by the Aspen Institute for its Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership Program.
Tennant is the first West Virginian to be asked to accept the position in the fellowship.
The new members in the “rising stars in governance” class come from 22 states and include statewide office holders as well as state legislators and local government officials.
The class was announced in August in Washington, D.C. by the program director, former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.).
Secretary Tennant is joined by, from left, moderator Leigh
Hafrey, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, and Nevada
Secretary of State Ross Miller.
The program, now in its fifth year, is a two year fellowship that according to the Aspen Institute “is designed to break down partisan barriers and to enable office holders to step back from their daily responsibilities to consider broader questions of good governance.”
Other regional members of the fellowship are David Tandy, the President of the Louisville, KY City Council and Ohio State Senator Mark Wagoner.
“It is such an honor to be asked to take part in this fellowship and represent West Virginia at such a well respected institute. I look forward to growing as a leader, sharing my ideas and gaining insight from what others are doing,” Tennant said.
For nearly 60 years the Aspen Institute has been the nation’s premier place for leaders from around the globe to explore timeless ideas and the toughest challenges of their day.
The mission of the Aspen Institute is to promote values-based leadership and open debate on critical issues. The Aspen Institute sponsors seminars, youth leadership fellowships, police programs, and other conferences and events.
Past members of the Fellowship include Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, who was selected when he was lieutenant governor of Maryland; Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.); and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D-Mo.), who is currently running for U.S. Senate.
Tennant was also recently appointed co-chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) standing committee on voter participation. West Virginia will host the 2011 conference of NASS at Glade Springs Resort in Raleigh County.
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