Rep Mike Mueller
Rep. Mueller awarded fellowship to attend Midwestern leadership institute
RELEASE|June 25, 2021
Contact: Mike Mueller

State Rep. Mike Mueller is among 39 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest. 

Mueller, of Linden, will meet with fellow legislators from Michigan and 10 other Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces Oct. 1-5 in Minneapolis for the Council of State Governments’ 26th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). 

“Being selected as a BILLD fellow is truly an honor,” Mueller said. “I’m looking forward to participating in this unique program, networking with other leaders, and swapping ideas about how to better serve our states, regions and communities.”

BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of increased policy responsibility being shifted to the states and, in many states, term limits and high legislative turnover. These two emerging forces highlight the shortage of training available for legislators — a void that BILLD aims to fill. 

“The Bowhay Institute is one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation,” says Iowa Sen. Amy Sinclair, 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 educational experience. Many of the graduates now hold key leadership positions in their state.”

Since 1995, 876 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute. State legislators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin are chosen to participate through a competitive, nonpartisan selection process.  Members of the Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan legislative assemblies are selected by their caucuses to take part in the program.

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