STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Assistant House Democratic Leader Steve Farley has been selected as one of 48 state leaders nationwide for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments.
Farley was selected by a committee of state elected and appointed officials as one of the most promising leaders of state government. This year’s applicant pool included state leaders from all three branches and represented 42 states and two U.S. territories. Past fellowship graduates include governors, members of Congress and leaders in state government.
“I am honored to be selected for this prestigious fellowship, and I’m looking forward to expanding my leadership skills to do the hard work of creating jobs and protecting our schools,” Farley said. “Arizona needs leadership right now.”
The annual week-long seminar, named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded the council in 1933, seeks to develop the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government. The September program, held in Lexington, Ky., focuses on trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes.
Farley is a small-business owner and was elected to the Arizona Legislature as state representative from Tucson (District 28) in 2006. He now serves as the Assistant House Minority Leader, Ranking Member on the Ways & Means committee and Member of the Transportation committee.
The Council of State Governments forecasts policy trends for the community of states, commonwealths and territories on a national and regional basis. It promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills and champions state sovereignty. Past attendees include:
Gov. Jane Dee Hull, Gov. Jan Brewer, Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.