FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2018
Contact: Jonathon Dworkin, 202-660-1340 x5
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor Selected as One of Nation’s Top Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders
Joins group of 150 of the most innovative state and local officials
Washington, D.C. - Today, Lansing Mayor Andy Shor was selected as one of nine leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders led by Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Jack Markell. Members of the 150-person network, who are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of communities, have been chosen from among more than 1000 nominations over its seven-year history.
"I congratulate Mayor Schor on this well-deserved honor. In Lansing, Mayor Schor has demonstrated that he’s a forward-looking leader who is working to address the challenges facing his city and his constituents,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a NewDEAL Honorary Vice Chair. “I’m confident the Mayor will bring innovative ideas to the organization’s efforts to help spur long-term economic growth, and that the people of Lansing will benefit from his involvement as he works with leaders from across the country to build new opportunities in the community.”
Schor and his peers in the new class of leaders (listed below) were recognized for their unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity, as they work to move their communities forward in the new economy and reject the idea that leaders can or should want to turn the clock back to a prior era. These individuals’ work will help build on NewDEAL’s The Way Forward, a policy agenda released last fall with innovative ideas to address the most pressing issues facing Americans today.
“Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Honorary Co-Chairs of the NewDEAL, said, “We are excited to welcome Mayor Schor as part of another class of innovative pro-growth progressives from throughout the country who are committed to meeting the demands of a changing world and rebuilding trust in government. We look forward to promoting his work as part of NewDEAL's policy agendas, while giving him the chance to learn from other leaders and work with them to set a vision for the future."
NewDEAL Leaders have found broad support for their work, with 98 percent of members winning elections in 2016 and 2017, across red, blue, and purple states, including eight elected to higher office. Four members were elevated to statewide office, including in the swing states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
“As we make progress in Lansing, I look forward to sharing the lessons we learn and hearing from other leaders who are setting the standard for effective governance,” said Schor. “I’m excited to be a part of this new class and to work with them on NewDEAL’s efforts to expand opportunity in communities nationwide.”
Since taking office in January. Schor has shown his dedication to growing the economy and creating opportunity for the people of Lansing, tackling challenges on issues such as blighted properties, education, energy crisis assistance, student debt, and workforce attraction and retention. Efforts to improve the economy have focused on rebuilding transportation infrastructure as well as plans to upgrade the riverfront in Downtown Lansing.
Previously, Schor served as a state representative, during which time he was the leading Democrat on healthcare legislation impacting 600,000 Michiganders through the new Healthy Michigan Program’s Medicaid Expansion. Schor has also worked as Assistant Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League, demonstrating his understanding of the economic development needs of cities and successfully advocating for several laws creating municipal economic development tools.
The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders. One of the organization’s signature events, the Ideas Summit, will take place May 29-30 in Seattle, WA, where about 30 Leaders will join other innovators from the public and private sectors to discuss the path forward on key issues on which progress is being threatened, including trade, climate change, and education. In addition to panels and breakouts sessions, speakers will include NewDEAL Honorary Co-chair U.S. Senator Mark Warner as well as entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.
Learn more about Mayor Schor and the NewDEAL at http://www.newdealleaders.org/leaders.
The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:
Dorcey Applyrs, City Councilmember, New York, NY
Adrian Fontes, County Recorder, Maricopa County, AZ
Vin Gopal, Senator, Monmouth County, NJ
Adam Gray, Assemblymember, Merced, CA
Steven L. Reed, Probate Judge, Montgomery County, AL
Andy Schor, Mayor, Lansing, MI
Anne Sung, Independent School District Board Member, Houston, TX
Lovely Warren, Mayor, Rochester, NY
Randall L. Woodfin, Mayor, Birmingham, AL