FRANKFORT – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has nominated state Rep. Dean Schamore to participate in the 2015 Emerging Leaders Program, which is sponsored at no taxpayer cost by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
This prestigious four-day program is held each July on the campus of the University of Virginia for up to 50 state legislators across the country chosen by their state’s Speaker of the House, President of the Senate or either chamber’s Minority Leader. These leaders are asked to nominate one or more first- or second-term legislators who by their actions have demonstrated integrity, compassion, intelligence, vision and common sense.
“Rep. Schamore personifies what this program is about, which is why I nominated him,” Speaker Stumbo said. “I hope he is given the chance to attend.”
“I’m proud to be nominated, and it would be an honor to take part,” said Rep. Schamore, D-Hardinsburg. “Several of my House colleagues have been in the past and have spoken about how much they learned. There’s nothing like it in the country.”
The goal of this program is to inspire these men and women to continue careers in public service. Class discussions will examine qualities and characteristics of leadership including: ethical leadership, the art of compromise and coalition building and the philosophical underpinnings of representative democracy.
As Stephen G. Lakis, President of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, has noted, “These legislators represent the best and the brightest, and are destined for future leadership roles in their state. After being with these people for several days, you can’t help but feel proud and more confident about our unique system of representative democracy.”