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Forestal selected for prestigious BILLD Fellowship

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For immediate release:
May 15, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - Due in large part to the leadership skills he demonstrated during his first session as a member of the Indiana General Assembly, State Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis) has been selected to take part in the prestigious Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) program.

As a BILLD fellow, Forestal will take part in a five-day program in Madison, Wisconsin, this August to gain more skills in leadership training and participate in policy sessions on such issues as education, public safety, health care, and economic development.

The BILLD program is conducted by The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office in cooperation with The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Each year, a select handful of lawmakers from across the Midwest and several provinces in Canada are chosen as BILLD Fellows to gain more experience in refining their leadership skills and explore the major issues of the day with nationally-recognized scholars, professional development experts, and legislative leaders.

“In his first session in the House, Dan Forestal quickly demonstrated that he will be one of the future leaders in our state,” noted Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City. “His grasp of a number of complex issues—covering everything from veterans to education to fiscal matters—was immediately apparent, and I look forward to relying upon his counsel many times in the years to come.”

Forestal garnered many plaudits during his first year in office, including being identified as one of the Rookie Legislators of the Year by panelists on the Indiana Week in Review show on public television.

“I am honored to be chosen for this fellowship, and I hope to use the insights I learn to help improve the lives of the people I represent in Indiana House District 100,” Forestal concluded.

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