Secretary of State
Secretary Grayson Awarded Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 08, 2005  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Director of Communications
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Washington DC, Sept. 8, 2005—Secretary of State Trey Grayson and State Treasurer Jonathan Miller have been identified by the Aspen Institute as two of “the true rising stars” of American politics and are among 24 of the nation’s top young elected officials selected for a new fellowship program honoring public leaders.

The 24, drawn from the ranks of federal, state, and local governments, and representing 20 states, will form the inaugural two-year class of the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, designed to bring together “the very best of the nation’s emerging leaders” to discuss broad issues of democratic governance and effective public service.

“We are committed to getting past the narrow partisanship of contemporary politics and rebuilding a tradition of thoughtful dialogue and political civility,” said the program’s director, former US Congressman Mickey Edwards. “These young men and women have reputations for intelligence, thoughtfulness, and the ability to work effectively across party lines. The common denominator is that they are among the young officials most likely to achieve even higher positions of public responsibility in the years ahead. They truly represent America’s next generation of political leaders.”

The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership seek to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation’s most promising young political leaders to explore, through study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership; to support and inspire political leaders committed to sustaining the vision of a political system based on thoughtful and civil bipartisan dialogue; and to help America's brightest young leaders achieve their fullest potential in public service.

Grayson, the youngest secretary of state in the country, currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Association of Secretaries of State and as Chairman of the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Election Committee and on numerous state and national boards for non-profits and other associations.  Other national recognition includes his selection as one of 40 state leaders from across the country to participate in the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments.  He was also named a “Rising Star” in the Republican Party by United Leaders, a nonpartisan, nonprofit action tank based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Miller was appointed in 2001 to the Executive Monitoring Committee of state and local financial officers which monitors the return of assets seized during the Holocaust to their rightful owners.  Miller was one of 200 distinguished delegates appointed by President Bush and Congressional leaders to the 2002 National Summit on Retirement Savings. Miller has become a national leader on the subject of corporate accountability, joining fellow Treasurers in efforts to protect shareholder and employee interests against corporate fraud and abuse and to restore confidence in the stock market. During the summer of 2000, Miller was featured on the cover of The New Democrat, named as one of the nation’s rising political stars, and had a prominent speaking role at the Democratic National Convention.

Grayson and Miller co-chair the Cradle to College Commission, established in 2004 to examine a new financial aid proposal—to provide children born in Kentucky with a college savings account soon after their birth.

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