New Class of Nation's Top Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders Announced

For Immediate Release:                                                      
October 17th, 2017                                                              
Contact: Jonathon Dworkin, 202-660-1340 x5

New Class of Nation’s Top Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders Announced

Represent proof that Democrats can be successful throughout country with right approach

Washington, D.C. - Eight leaders from across the nation have been chosen to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of communities. The new members of the organization, listed below, were recognized for their unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity in the new economy, while proving that, with the right approach, Democrats can have success all over the nation, from the deep south in Mississippi to Kentucky’s coal country, throughout the Midwest, and beyond.

These leaders’ work will help build on NewDEAL’s Agendas for Change, a set of policy agendas announced today that are made up of NewDEAL Leader initiatives to solve the most pressing issues related to expanding opportunity in the new economy. The initial set of agendas address:

  • Building 21st Century Skills
  • Spurring Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Modernizing the Safety Net
  • Fighting Climate Change
  • Addressing the Opioid Crisis

“We congratulate and applaud this excellent new class of leaders, who have shown a dedication to developing pro-growth, progressive policies that meet the demands of a changing world and rebuild trust in government,” said Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Honorary Co-Chairs of the NewDEAL. “Recent events have affirmed that, more than ever, we need to support outstanding state and local leaders who have innovative ideas that address the most important issues facing Americans in our new economy. We are committed to highlighting their work, while giving them the chance to learn from each other and replicate solutions that make government work better.”

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.

The organization’s biggest event, an annual fall conference, will take place November 15-17 in Washington, DC, where 60-70 members will discuss policy ideas and today’s political climate, while hearing from speakers such as two Obama Administration cabinet officials: Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Education John King.

NewDEAL Leaders have found broad support for their work, with 98 percent of members winning elections in November 2016, 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. With today’s announcement of new members, the organization includes 156 officials from 46 states.

“As I travel the country working to build a pipeline of talented progressive elected officials, it is clear that NewDEAL Leaders are among those setting the standard for effective governance and earning the support of their constituents,” said New York Assemblyman Michael Blake, a NewDEAL Leader who is also a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. “I’m excited to welcome this new group of members who are proving that Democrats can win everywhere. I look forward to working with them in NewDEAL’s efforts to expand opportunity in communities throughout the country.”

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The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:


Laura Capps, School Board Member, Santa Barbara, CA

Dan Forestal, State Representative, Indianapolis, IN

Kim Foxx, State's Attorney, Cook County, IL

Chris Harris, State Representative, Pike Co., KY

Eddie Melton, State Senator, Gary, IN

Matt Meyer, County Executive, New Castle Co., DE

Sean Scanlon, State Representative, Branford and Guilford, CT

Robyn Tannehill, Mayor, Oxford, MS



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    published this page in News 2017-10-17 13:02:58 -0400