Representative Elaine Bowers awarded fellowship for Midwestern leadership institute

Midwestern Legislative Conference
The Council of State Governments
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Lombard, Illinois 60148
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Contact: Laura A. Tomaka

(Lombard, Ill.) May 26, 2010 ‐‐ State Representative Elaine Bowers of Concordia was among 37 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.
Representative Bowers will meet with fellow lawmakers from Kansas and 10 other Midwestern states and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan on July 9‐13, in Madison, Wis., for The Council of State Governments’ 16th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).
Representative Bowers was recommended for the fellowship by Kansas Senator Jay Emler and State Treasurer Dennis McKinney. Treasurer McKinney commented: "Representative Bowers works hard to get to know legislators and understand the interests of their districts without regard to party label or region. She does her homework and gets to know the details of the issues and the people affected by the policies under consideration. Consequently, legislators listen when she asks questions and makes points to direct discussions. I am quite confident that Rep. Bowers will soon be a strong policy leader in the Kansas House of Representatives."
Since 1995, more than 500 of the region’s lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute. State Legislators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin are chosen to participate through a competitive, nonpartisan selection process. Members of the Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan legislative assemblies are selected by their caucuses to take part in the program.
“The Bowhay Institute is one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation,” says Iowa Rep.
J. Scott Raecker, who serves as co‐chair of the institute’s steering committee. “The legislatures in the region have benefited greatly from the skills their members have gained through this unique educational experience. Many of the graduates now hold leadership positions in their states.”
BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of program devolution and, in many states, term limits. These two emerging forces highlight the shortage of training available for legislators, a void that BILLD aims to fill.
A program of The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office, BILLD is held in partnership with the University of Wisconsin’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. Courses and seminars are conducted by La Follette faculty, Midwestern legislative leaders and professional development experts. In addition to courses designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, economic development and corrections.
The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development is named in honor of the late James Bowhay, longtime director of The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office. The program is funded through grants from foundation and corporate sponsors and an in‐kind contribution provided by The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office.
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.