Lexington, KY – Secretary of State Trey Grayson is one of 40 state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments.
The annual week-long seminar, to be held June 26-July 1 in Lexington, KY, is named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded CSG in 1933. Its aim is to develop the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government. This year's dynamic program will focus on trends analysis, policy development and institutional changes. The experience gives these leaders perspectives they would not ordinarily obtain during the course of their regular governmental service.
Grayson was nominated by Governor Ernie Fletcher, with endorsements from Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court Joseph Lambert and Kentucky House Floor Leader Jeff Hoover. Grayson was selected from many outstanding applicants by a committee of state elected and appointed officials as one of the most promising leaders of state government. Past Toll Fellowship graduates include governors, U.S. Senators and members of Congress as well as leaders in state government.
Grayson has been recognized as one of the top young leaders in Kentucky and was named one of forty-four “Kentucky Leaders for the New Century” by the Kentucky Press Association and the Shakertown Roundtable. He has served on the boards of a number of statewide organizations including the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program, the Commonwealth Fund for KET, and the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education. He is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Kentucky and a 2000 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky. He was elected Secretary of State in 2003 becoming the first Northern Kentuckian elected to a statewide constitutional office since 1919.
A product of the Kenton County public school system, Grayson graduated with honors from Harvard College (A.B., Government, 1994) and from the University of Kentucky (J.D./M.B.A. 1998) where he was one of the first two Bert Combs Scholars, the College of Law’s top scholarship. Grayson is a fifth generation Kentuckian and lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky
With offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Kentucky, New York, Sacramento and Washington, D.C., The Council of State Governments is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit public service organization. The Council serves 50 states, six U.S. territories and commonwealths. In addition to the Toll Fellows Program, CSG provides legislative conferences and executive workshops, research information and multistate problem-solving opportunities for state governments.