Rockford lawmaker selected ’09 Henry Toll Fellow

Pearce eligible to attend national leadership conference

State Rep. Tom Pearce is one of 40 state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program on Sept. 12-17, sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

The annual week-long seminar helps develop leaders from all three branches of state government by offering programs focusing on trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes.

“I was honored to be nominated by House leadership to represent Michigan at this conference and was pleased to be selected by the national committee.” Pearce said. “Attending the leadership conference gives me an opportunity to dialog with leaders from a multitude of other states and hear first-hand the solutions they are attempting for the challenges we all face.”

Pearce was nominated by House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer, with endorsements from House Speaker Andy Dillon and Republican Floor Leader Dave Hildenbrand. He was selected by a committee of state-elected and state-appointed officials from a pool of outstanding applicants representing all three branches from 40 states and two U.S. territories.

Before election to serve the residents of the 73rd House District in November 2004, Pearce served as the executive director of the North Kent Service Center. He has continued his focus on the family while a legislator by serving on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ committees on Human Services and Welfare, and Education; and on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s task forces on Education, and Health and Human Services.

A Cornerstone University graduate, as a lawmaker Pearce has completed the 2004 Michigan State University Legislative Leadership Program, a 2006 fellowship with the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, and was elected by his peers to be Caucus Dean for this term.

The Council of State Governments advocates multi-state problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness and promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills.

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