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Rep. Brennan Awarded Fellowship to Attend Midwestern Leadership Institute

June 6, 2023
Sean P. Brennan News

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Sean Patrick Brennan (D-Parma) last week announced he was among 39 lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.

Rep. Brennan will meet with fellow lawmakers from Ohio and 10 other Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces on August 18-22 in Madison, Wisconsin, for The Council of State Governments’ 28th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).

“I am truly humbled to have been selected as a Council of State Governments’ 2023 Fellow,” said Rep. Brennan. “As a school teacher for three decades, I was always dedicated to continual professional development. As a teacher, it benefits my students’ achievement – this opportunity will benefit the lives of my constituents.”

Since 1995, more than 900 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. 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. 

A program of The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office, the 2023 BILLD program will include courses and seminars conducted by policy experts, Midwestern legislative leaders, and professional development trainers. In addition to curriculum designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, trade, and energy policy.