July 05, 2011

Governor O’Malley, Senator Begich Announce Second Group of NewDEAL Leaders

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 second group of NewDEAL leaders for their work championing ideas ranging from clean energy investment to fostering small business growth and streamlining regulations.

The NewDEAL is a new national network committed to elevating 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 a diverse set of regions and hold a variety of local elected positions.  Those ten are:

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Louisiana Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Ohio Representative Jay Goyal, Oregon Representative Tobias Read, South Carolina Representative Bakari Sellers, Illinois Senator Heather Steans, Tennessee Representative Mike Stewart, Texas Representative Mark Strama, and Michigan Representative Jim Townsend.

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org.  Each quarter, a new group of leaders will be featured.  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.