December 13, 2011

Governor O’Malley and Senator Begich Announce Ten NewDEAL Leaders From Across the Nation

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that ten rising elected officials from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL Leaders for their work championing pro-growth progressive ideas, which range from offering college savings accounts for low income families to encouraging commercial buildings to be more energy efficient to collaborating regionally in economic development.

The NewDEAL is a recently launched national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders and their innovative ideas from across the country.

“Too often in DC, pro-growth and progressive goals are seen as opposed to each other.  But as former mayors, Governor O’Malley and I saw first hand how solutions that were both pro-growth andprogressive could help to grow the economy in a way that expands opportunity for everyone.  I am proud of the NewDEAL’s work to highlight these leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build economic growth,” said Senator Begich, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“Senator Begich and I have joined the NewDEAL because we believe that we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington DC, but also from the bottom up, where local leaders are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

The NewDEAL is recognizing ten leaders who hail from diverse regions of the country.  Those ten are:

Oregon Representative Jules Bailey, Maine House Minority Leader Emily Cain, Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty, Idaho Representative Brian Cronin, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Anchorage School Board President Gretchen Guess, Texas Representative Eric Johnson, New Orleans City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, and Concord City Councilor Rob Werner.

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org.  The public is encouraged to nominate state and local elected leaders on our website and stay connected as we highlight more of their pro-growth progressive ideas.