FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Aspen Institute Names Kander One of the Nation's "Rising Stars" in Government, Awards 2014 Rodel Fellowship
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander announced today that he had been selected as a 2014 Rodel Fellow by the nationally-recognized Aspen Institute. Kander is one of 24 elected officials nationwide to be selected to participate in the two-year fellowship program focusing on bipartisan public leadership and building relationships among the nation’s top emerging political leaders.
"I’m honored to have been selected by the Aspen Institute as a 2014 Rodel Fellow," Kander said. "I look forward to working and learning alongside my new colleagues from across the country and across the aisles as we come together to focus on bipartisan leadership and effective democratic governance."
"These are men and women who have forged records of excellence at all levels of American government," said former Congressman Mickey Edwards, the program's director, in a release. "All of them have been nominated for the fellowship by their peers and by political observers and community leaders who have singled them out as the best of the best of our emerging political leadership."
The Aspen Institute established its Rodel Fellowship program in 2005, and today includes Fellows who have since gone on to serve as senators, governors and members of the President's cabinet. Kander, who is America’s youngest statewide elected official, will be in good company as a Rodel Fellow, including program alumni such as U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, and former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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