The Aspen Institute Selects “Rising Stars” In Governance For Its Rodel Fellowships In Public Leadership Program

September 16, 2011

Contact: Mickey Edwards
Vice President, The Aspen Institute
Director, Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership
(202) 736-5823 |


Washington, DC, September 16, 2011 The Aspen Institute has announced the selection of 24 of America’s leading public officials to participate in the Institute’s bipartisan Aspen-Rodel Fellowship program. The fellowship program, now in its seventh year, is focused on transcending political partisanship and focusing attention on over-arching questions of leadership and governance.

 “Fellows are selected based on their reputations for intelligence, thoughtfulness, and a willingness to work across party lines to seek solutions to public problems. We are pleased to welcome this year’s class of Fellows as they continue to make a difference in our public lives across the country,” said Former Congressman Mickey Edwards, the director of the program.

Members of the new Aspen-Rodel Fellowship class are: 

Stephen Benjamin
Mayor, City of Columbia, South Carolina

Marty Jackley
South Dakota Attorney General

Beau Biden*
Delaware Attorney General

Jessica Lappin
City Councilmember, New York, New York

Jase Bolger
Speaker, Michigan House of Representatives

Rebecca Lockhart
Speaker, Utah House of Representatives

Pam Bondi
Florida Attorney General

Steve Montenegro
Speaker Pro Tempore, Arizona House of Representatives
Brendan Boyle
State Representative, Pennsylvania

Gavin Newsom          
California Lieutenant Governor

G.T. Bynum
City Councilman, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Gina Raimondo
Rhode Island State Treasurer

Emily Cain
Minority Leader, Maine House of Representatives

Sheila Simon
Illinois Lieutenant Governor

Brian Calley
Michigan Lieutenant Governor

Ashley Swearengin
Mayor, City of Fresno, California

Brian Cronin
State Representative, Idaho

Jill Holtzman Vogel
Virginia State Senator

Matt Dean
Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives

Will Weatherford
Speaker-Designate, Florida House of Representatives

Chris Edwards
State Senator, Oregon

Jay Webber
State Assemblyman, New Jersey

Anthony Foxx
Mayor, City of Charlotte, North Carolina

Clint Zweifel
Missouri State Treasurer

For more information on the Rodel Fellowship Program, visit

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

* did not actually become a Rodel Fellow.


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