May 23, 2012

Governor O’Malley and Senator Begich Announce Next NewDEAL Leaders and Honorary Regional Chair

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 encouraging investment in high-tech jobs to tools that help government focus on our most urgent priorities to investing in more effective worker retraining programs.

The NewDEAL is a national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build broadly-earned, sustainable economic growth.

“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:

Illinois Representative Daniel Biss, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell, Somerville (MA) Mayor Joe Curtatone, Oregon Senator Chris Edwards, Gary (IN) Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Wisconsin Senator Jen Shilling, Florida Representative Darren Soto, and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, as well as Columbus (OH) Mayor Michael Coleman, who will help lead the network as an Honorary Regional Chair.

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website,  The public is encouraged to nominate other state and local elected leaders on the network’s website and stay connected as the NewDEAL highlights more pro-growth progressive ideas.