State Senator Selected

A Nebraska State Senator gets specialized training.

Jim Smith of Papillion was among 37 select lawmakers to complete a leadership training program that identifies and assists emerging state and provincial leaders in the Midwest.

Sen. Smith met with fellow lawmakers from Nebraska, 10 other Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces on August 12-16, in Madison, Wis., for The Council of State Governments’ annual Bowhay Institute for the Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).

“The Bowhay Institute is one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation,” says Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz, 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 education experience. Many of the graduates now hold leadership positions in their states.”

Legislators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were chosen to participate through a competitive, nonpartisan selection process.

BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of federal devolution and, in many states, term limits. These two emerging forces have highlighted the shortage of training available for legislators, a void that BILLD aims to fill.

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