State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today announced that she is among 37 lawmakers selected to participate in the Council of State Governments’ 25th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD), a training program for promising state leaders in the Midwest.

“Ohio has a long list of distinguished BILLD alumni, and I am honored to be chosen for this year’s Bowhay Institute. I look forward to convening with other legislators from the Midwest as we learn how to better serve our neighbors and districts,” said Rep. Crawley. “The fellowship will allow us to share our diverse approaches to public policy and help us become better, more informed lawmakers.”

BILLD was founded in 1995 to address the shortage of training available for new state legislators in the face of increased policy responsibility, term limits and high legislative turnover. Since its founding, 840 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute. Lawmakers from 11 Midwestern states are chosen to participate through a competitive, nonpartisan selection process, and members of four Canadian provincial assemblies are selected by their caucuses to take part in the program.

This year’s program will take place from August 9-13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and will be held in partnership with the Center for the Study of Governance and Politics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Courses and seminars will be conducted by Humphrey faculty, Midwestern legislative leaders and professional development experts. In addition to curriculum designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, trade and health care policy.

BILLD 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 the Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office.

Founded in 1933, the Council of State Governments has national headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, and regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, 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 educational networking opportunities.

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