National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance

  • Terry Hayes

    Treasurer at State of Maine, Co-Chair of NICD's National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance

    Terry Hayes is a 2017 co-chair of the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance. Hayes was elected by the Joint Convention of the 127th Maine Legislature to the office of State Treasurer for 2015-2016. She is the first Independent to hold this position. From 2006 through 2014 Hayes served as a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives, where she was elected as Assistant Minority Leader in 2010 through 2012. In 2012-2014 Hayes convened the non-partisan Measures of Growth caucus; in 2009 and 2014 she collaborated with Republican colleagues to bring national civility training and trust building workshops to Maine legislators. She served as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government in the 123rd, 124th, and 126th Legislatures. A Maine native, Hayes has been a teacher, an adult education administrator, a real estate educator, a campaign staffer, and a guardian ad litem in custody litigation.

    Treasurer at State of Maine, Co-Chair of NICD's National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance

  • Frank LaRose

    Ohio Senator , Co-Chair of NICD's National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance

    Ohio State Senator Frank LaRose is a 2017 co-chair of the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance. Throughout his time in public service, LaRose has spearheaded substantial efforts to increase government transparency and productivity, particularly in the areas of elections administration and regulatory reform.

    Senator LaRose developed his strong work ethic and sense of responsibility at a young age while working on a small family-owned farm in northeastern Ohio. Following his graduation from Copley High School, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by enlisting in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne and eventually served in the U.S. Special Forces as a Green Beret. During his decade in uniform around the globe, Senator LaRose achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class and received numerous commendations and honors, including the Bronze Star. LaRose volunteered for multiple deployments including overseas combat service. He served in Iraq, Kosovo and other locations and with a counter-narcotics task force on the U.S.-Mexican border.
    LaRose continues to give back to his community since leaving the Army and entering public office. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Ohio History Connection, formerly known as the Ohio Historical Society, and is the Jr. Vice Commander of the Fairlawn VFW. A former Eagle Scout, he serves on the executive board for the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America.

    Senator LaRose graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in consumer affairs and business. He and his wife, Lauren have three daughters.

    Ohio Senator , Co-Chair of NICD's National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance

  • Melissa Wintrow

    Idaho Representative, Co-Chair of NICD's National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance

    Representative Melissa Wintrow is a 2017 co-chair of the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance. Born in Troy, Ohio, Representative Wintrow received her B.A. in English literature from Miami University and an M.Ed. in higher education from The University of Georgia. She has over 27 years' experience in higher education in curriculum design, instruction, program development, and leadership. Wintrow is a former President of Boise State's Professional Staff Senate; Project Manager, NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership Idaho, and also received the Idaho Business Review's Accomplished Under 40 Award.

    Idaho Representative, Co-Chair of NICD's National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance

  • Nickie J. Antonio

    Ohio Representative

    Representative Antonio is serving her third term in the Ohio House of Representatives, as Assistant Democratic Whip. She considers herself a civic-minded public servant who is concerned with the quality of life of those around her and has been social justices advocate working for human rights and equality for all people for more than two decades. Antonio was Executive Director for a non-profit women’s outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program as well as administrator for a multi-County HIV/AIDS regional planning group among many other posts. Representative Antonio is also a certified coach and advocates the benefits to the world when people are valued and encouraged to rise to their highest potential and purpose. Daughters Ariel and Stacey have made Rep. Antonio and partner Jean Kosmac very proud as the girls engage in their post-secondary pursuits.

    Ohio Representative

  • Jeni Arndt

    Colorado Representative

    Representative Arndt represents her hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. After years away in college, the Peace Corps, graduate school, and living and working in Mozambique, Africa; when the opportunity arose to live anywhere, she and her husband, Channing enthusiastically returned to Fort Collins with their three children. Through many years spent at University, volunteering, and working in education, Representative Arndt has become a strong advocate for education and literacy and hopes to share her knowledge by contributing to the welfare of her community.

    Colorado Representative

  • Rosie Berger

    Majority Floor Leader - Wyoming

    Majority Floor Leader Rosie Berger is serving her seventh term in the Wyoming Legislature. She served as the 2012 Chairman of the Council of State Governments (CSG)- West and is on the Executive Board of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the past president of the Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL as well. Rosie served six years on the Wyoming Parks and Cultural Resources Commission as well as on numerous local civic boards, including the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, Dog and Cat Shelter, and Arts Council. For years, Rosie worked in the travel industry as a travel consultant and business owner, and worked in various business management, film location and event coordination positions.

    Majority Floor Leader - Wyoming

  • Connie Bernardy

    Minnesota Representative

    Representative Bernardy is a wife, mom, and lifelong member of the community she represents. She loves bringing people together, which is why much of her career has been creating community partnerships. Outside of her legislative work, Bernardy serves as the Director of Active Living Ramsey Communities where she engages the community to improve health by creating and promoting environments where it is safe and easy for everyone to be physically active in their daily routines. Prior to her work in the public sector, Bernardy was a Senior Financial Administrator for Honeywell for ten years. Serving her fifth term in the Minnesota House, Bernardy and her husband celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2015 and have 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren.

    Minnesota Representative

  • Elaine Bowers

    Senator - Kansas

    Senator Bowers was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006.  She was born and raised in north central Kansas and has been a small business owner since 1988.  She and her husband, Charlie, currently own and operate Concordia Chevrolet/Buick in Concordia, KS.  She was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2011 and is in her first term representing Senate district #36, which is about 11,000 sq. mile in north central, northeast, and northwest Kansas along the border of Nebraska.  She is the Vice chair of Public Health & Welfare, and serves on Financial Institutions & Insurance and the Agricultural committee.  Elaine also serves as co-chair of NCSL’s Legislative Effectiveness Committee. 

    Senator - Kansas

  • Andre Cushing

    Maine Senator

    Senator Andre Cushing, the Assistant Senate Majority Leader, is currently serving his second term in the Maine State Senate. Senator Cushing has been a small business owner for more than 30 years and is currently a realtor and a homebuilder. His experience in business has provided him valuable perspective when dealing with legislative issues. Additionally, he has been engaged in public service as a member of two town councils, a land use review board, charter review board, and member of the Penobscot County Budget Committee. Most recently, Cushing completed six years on the Hampden Town Council, where he served as deputy mayor. Prior to being elected to the Maine State Senate, Senator Cushing served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives. He and his wife, Gwen, have three adult children: Grace, Andre IV, and Gerald. 

    Maine Senator

  • Pam DeLissio

    Pennsylvania Representative

    Representative Pam DeLissio has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2010. Living and working in the 194th District for over 16 years, she works diligently to reflect her constituents’ views. In just a few short years Pam has been described as the ideal of a moderate, aisle-crossing, smart, non-extreme legislator that we do not have enough of in either party. During her time in office Delissio competed for and participated in 3 Leadership Development programs: 2011: U.S. Army War College – Strategy Implementation Seminar,â¨2012: The State Legislative Leaders Foundation- Emerging Leader’s Program andâ¨2013: Council of State Governments- Henry Toll Fellowship. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University in 1978, Representative Delissio has almost 30 years’ experience in the fields of long term care and small business ownership before being elected to the General Assembly. She is recognized for her strong leadership skills and has volunteered for a variety of professional and community organizations, often as a member of the board or chair of key committees.  In 2005, Representative Delissio was named one of “Pennsylvania’s 2005 Best 50 Women in Business”.  She resides in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadel

    Pennsylvania Representative

  • Denise Driehaus

    Ohio Representative (Cincinnati)

    Representative Driehaus is currently serving Cincinnati, Ohio where she is a lifelong resident. Driehaus has experience as a small business owner having previously co-owned Philipp’s Swim Club and the Front Porch Coffeehouse. Representative Driehaus served as the former President of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and served on its board as a volunteer for sixteen years. Additionally, Driehaus helped establish The SEED School of Cincinnati that will be a college-preparatory, public boarding school for struggling students in Ohio and was received the “Public Elected Official of the Year” Award from The Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 2012. Driehaus has a daughter, Sarah and a son, Andrew. 

    Ohio Representative (Cincinnati)

  • Nancy Garland

    Ohio Former Representative

    Former Representative Nancy Garland served in the Ohio House representing the 20th House District from 2009 to 2012. Representative Garland considers one of her landmark pieces of legislation a law that prohibits texting and driving which she sponsored with one of the most conservative members of the Republican House Caucus.  She was also able to pass legislation in thHouse twice that would require insurance companies to cover individuals with autism and saw legislation enacted that discourages bullying. Presently Representative Garland is an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She also serves on the Ohio University Dean's Academic Counsel for the School of Health Sciences and on the board of Prevent Blindness Ohio. Additionaly, Garland has been a Next Generation workshop facilitator for over two years. She and her husband reside in Wilmington, North Carolina.

    Ohio Former Representative

  • Cliff Hite

    Ohio Senator

    Senator Cliff Hite is currently serving in his third General Assembly as a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 1st Senate District, which encompasses an 11 county region of Northwest Ohio. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, Hite served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. For the third time during his tenure in the Senate, Hite has been tapped to preside as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture; Ohio’s number-one industry. Prior to entering public service in Columbus, Senator Hite spent three decades teaching high school history and coaching football. Senator Hite holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky, where he played quarterback for the Wildcats. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Findlay, Ohio. The couple has three grown children and four granddaughters

    Ohio Senator

  • Stephanie Howse

    Ohio Representative

    Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Representative Howse has lived most of her life in the community she represents. Howse is a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts where she studied vocal and instrumental music. After high school, Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree in Civil Environmental Engineering from Florida A&M University and her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University. In 2002, Howse took the first step in heeding her call to public and community service by starting Footprints, a girls leadership development and mentoring organization operating inside Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center dedicated to nurturing and cultivating a positive self-image in girls ages 9 – 17, while building character on the principles of Self Respect. Representative Howse’s desire to be a public servant was inspired by her mother Annie L. Key, a former State Representative.

    Representative Howse served as co-chair of the National Network of State Legslators Committed to Civil Governance in 2016. 

    Ohio Representative

  • Sam Hunt

    Washington State Representative

    Representative Hunt is currently serving in Washington’s State Legislature where he chairs the Government Operations and Elections Committee, and serves on the Education Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. Hunt has worked as Director of Legislative Affairs, for the Department of Information Services, as a public school teacher, as Governor Booth Gardner’s Special Assistant for K-12 Education, as Staff Director for the Washington State Senate Majority Leader, and on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations under Senator Warren G. Magnuson. Representative Hunt was the Democratic recipient of the inaugural Gabby Giffords Award for Civility in State Governance from the National Institute for Civil Discourse in August 2015. He and his wife Charlene have lived in Olympia for more than 25 years. They have two grown children, Hillary and Nathan. 

    Washington State Representative

  • Les Ihara, Jr

    Hawaii Representative

    Senator Les Ihara, Jr. is a veteran legislator who has served 29 years in the Hawaii Legislature, 8 in the house and 21 in the senate. He has held leadership positions such as Senate Majority Leader, Majority Floor Leader, and Majority Policy Leader. Senator Ihara is a leader on legislative issues involving government transparency, public integrity, campaign and election reforms, environmental and consumer protection, aging and civil rights issues, public access and engagement, and the legislative process

    Hawaii Representative

  • Roger Katz

    Maine Senator

    Senator Roger Katz is currently serving his third term in the Maine State Senate. Prior to his legislative service, Senator Katz was Mayor of Augusta for two terms. Senator Katz has long been active in his community, serving as Chair of United Way and Co-Chair of Team Cony, which helped raise $1.5 million for Augusta’s new high school.  He has also served as President of the Kennebec Valley YMCA, Chair of the Augusta Charter Commission, Co-Chair of the Augusta Bicentennial Celebration, Chair of the Augusta Development Corporation, and Vice President of the Maine State Music Theatre. For his dedication to the community, Katz has been honored by both Le Club Calumet and the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. An accomplished attorney, Senator Katz is a former President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and has been named as on of the “Outstanding Lawyers in America.”  He also co-hosts a statewide television program with former Speaker of the House, Hannah Pingree, “Pingree & Katz: The Maine Event.” Roger Katz resides in Augusta with his wife Birdie Newman Katz.  They are the proud parents of two adult children, Shari and Jonathan.

    Maine Senator

  • Jay Kaufman

    Massachusetts Representative

    Representative Jay Kaufman has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since January 1995 and is now in his third term chairing the legislature’s Committee on Revenue.  He had, for two terms before, chaired the Committee on Public Service and led the effort to develop and pass several major pension reform initiatives.  His primary legislative interests are education, health care, campaign reform, environmental protection, and social and economic justice.  He led the fight to pass and implement the state’s campaign finance reform law, and has chaired special task forces on medical records privacy, the social and ethical implications of genetic technology, and alternatives to property taxes to fund public schools.  During his freshman term, he broke a six-year logjam to win passage of the Rivers Act, a major environmental protection bill.  Kaufman is currently leading the effort to pass the Act for Healthy Families & Businesses; a bill that would encourage the substitution of safer alternatives to commonly used toxic chemicals.  He has sponsored legislation aimed at tax fairness, including the Property Tax Circuit Breaker, and has consistently secured major budget increases for METCO, the state’s premier racial desegregation program.   His monthly “OPEN HOUSE” public policy forum, now in its nineteenth season, has been recognized with the prestigious Beacon Award as the nation’s best-televised government relations series.

    Massachusetts Representative

  • Sandra A. Masin

    Minnesota Representative

    Representative Sandra A. Masin was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006 and is currently serving her fourth term in office. She is also a businesswoman, working in financial services, real estate sales and insurance. Masin graduated from Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio, then went on to Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she majored in Government, and minored in Economics, earning a B.A. in 1964. Prior to her current work in business, she was a tour guide for the Minnesota Historical Society at the Minnesota Capitol building for nine years, was moderator of "Legislative Update," a Burnsville-Eagan Public-access television show, was a staff member for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the early nineties.

    Minnesota Representative

  • Garrett Mason

    Maine Senator

    Senator Garrett Mason, Senate Majority Leader, is currently serving his third term in the Maine State Senate. After attending college, Mason was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and work for the Portland Sea Dogs, AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, later joining the Lewiston MAINEiacs hockey team as Public Relations Director and then Director of Administration. He is currently a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Portland. During his time in the Maine State Legislature, Senator Mason has served on the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs as well as the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs. Senator Mason lives in Lisbon Falls and attends Lisbon Falls Baptist Church.

    Maine Senator

  • Heath Mello

    Nebraska Senator

    Senator Heath Mello represents the 5th District in the Nebraska Legislature. Senator Mello is also an active member in several national state legislative organizations. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Economic Development Committee within the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. Senator Mello is also a member of the Budgets & Revenue and Labor & Economic Development Committees within the National Conference of State Legislators. Mello currently works as the Coordinator of Community Development & Community Affairs for Metropolitan Community College, where his he assists the college’s community and economic development efforts. Senator Mello is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Political Science degree and lives in South Omaha's Churchich Park neighborhood, where he attends St. Thomas More Catholic church with his wife, Catherine, and daughter, Angelina.

    Nebraska Senator

  • Graig Meyer

    North Carolina Representative

    Representative Graig Meyer represents House District 50 in the North Carolina House. He is also a co-founder and principal consultant with The Equity Collaborative, LLC. Representative Meyer has provided guidance and support to schools and youth-serving non-profits across the United States and Canada. From 1998 through 2014, Meyer was the coordinator of the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program. From 2012 through 2014, he also served as the Director of Student Equity for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Representative Meyer has extensive experience with policy and staff development initiatives designed to end institutionalized racism and promote educational equity and excellence. Meyer is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of Wooster, and was trained as a social worker at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. He is the father of Ashley, Mason, and William and the husband of Jennifer Meyer. His civic involvement includes work with the North Carolina and Orange County Democratic Parties, his children’s schools and numerous non-profit organizations.

    North Carolina Representative

  • Mark Miller

    Wisconsin Senator

    Senator Mark Miller was first elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2004 having previously served in the Wisconsin State Assembly and on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. He is the former Senate Democratic leader and also chaired the Senate Committee that passed the Great Lakes Compact in Wisconsin. Miller served as a fighter pilot in the Wisconsin Air National Guard until retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and then operated a successful real estate management business for many years. Senator Miller promotes respectful operations of legislative bodies at the local and state level. The environment is one of his top concerns.

    Wisconsin Senator

  • Mike Mrowicki

    Vermont Representative

    Representative Mike Mrowicki of Putney, Vermont is currently serving his fifth term in the Vermont House of Representatives. His work on the House Human Services Committee is informed from decades of work in youth and community services. Giving back and paying forward, has been a family legacy starting with Mrowicki’s grandparents. All four arrived from Poland after WWI and came to love this country for the opportunity it gave them as immigrants. Outside of the legislature, Representative Mrowicki’s recent activities include the Marlboro College Graduate   School's Nonprofit Management   Program, the Vermont Positive Fatherhood Initiative, Putney Food Shelf, Windham Hunger Council, Sojourns Community Health Center board, and being a member of  the Putney Quaker Meeting-Peace and Social Justice Committee. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Mike enjoys biking, quiet water kayaking, cross-country skiing, and writing and playing music. He has two adult daughters, Grace and Maria.

    Vermont Representative

  • Kim Norton

    Minnesota Representative

    Representative Kim Norton was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representative in 2006. She currently serves as the DFL lead on Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy, the House Higher Education Policy, as well as Transportation Policy. Norton is the co-chair of the bipartisan Childhood Obesity Task force and has been active in a number of bipartisan caucuses since being elected. She has carried significant bi-partisan legislation, which has become law and served as both assistant minority and majority leader. Prior to working in the legislature, Norton served on the Rochester School Board from 1999-2006. Representative Norton has been a Rochester resident or 25 years and raised all five of her children in the community.

    Minnesota Representative

  • Dan Pabon

    Colorado Representative

    Representative Dan Pabon was first elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives in 2010. He has served in House leadership since 2012, having just served as the, Deputy Whip, Assistant Majority Leader and now Speaker Pro Tempore. During his tenure he has served on Appropriations, Finance, Judiciary, Redistricting and Amendment 64 Committees. As a recognized Colorado leader, Representative Pabon has championed technology legislation, voting rights expansion, expanding consumer protections for senior citizens, provided equal access to quality education for all Coloradans, same sex marriage, and transparency and efficiency in government. As a result  of his work, Pabon has been named the People’s Choice Legislator by Colorado Law Week and recognized as a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyer magazine. Representative Pabon has the pleasure and honor to represent the community he grew up in, North and West Denver. He lives there with his wife, Heather, and two children, Alec and Maria.

    Colorado Representative

  • John Patterson

    Ohio Representative

    State Representative John Patterson is currently serving in his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. A lifelong resident of the District, Representative Patterson retired in June, 2012 from teaching U.S. History at Jefferson Area High School for 29 years.  During his time at Jefferson, Representative Patterson served as the Model United Nations advisor.  In addition to winning numerous regional conferences, his teams also placed high at national conferences such as Harvard and the University of Chicago.  In 1995, his team competed at the Hague International UN Conference held at Den Hague, Netherlands. During his time at Jefferson, Representative Patterson was active in the Jefferson Area Teachers' Association.  He was the chief negotiator for his union from the late 1980's until his retirement.  Representative Patterson received his Bachelor’s Degree from Marietta College and his Master's degree in Political Science, American Government from Ohio University.  Representative Patterson earned his Ph.D. in Education from Kent State University.  He has instructed undergraduate courses at Kent State and has also taught at the graduate level for Gannon University. Representative Patterson and his wife, Nancy, have been married 31 years and are the parents of Joshua and Jeremiah.

    Ohio Representative

  • Matt Pouliot

    Maine Representative

    Representative Matt Pouliot serves on the Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee where he has taken a keen interest in passing measures to advance financial literacy in Maine's high school curriculum. He has also passed many pieces of legislation to address the growing student debt problem that is significantly impacting his generation nationwide. In, 2013, Pouliot was appointed by the Governor of the State of Maine to serve on the Maine Economic Growth Council and was also appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Commission to Improve College Affordability and Completion. Matt is also a member of the National Council of State Legislatures Education Standing Committee and the co-chair of the Maine Youth Caucus, a bi-partisan group of legislators under the age of 30 in Maine. He married the former Heather Marie Veilleux on August 17, 2013 and resides in Augusta.

    Represenative Pouliot served as a co-chair for the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance in 2016. 

    Maine Representative

  • Ann Pugh

    Vermont Representative

    Representative Ann Pugh was first elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1993. Born in Rye, NY, Ann moved to Burlington, VT in 1976 to begin her career as a social worker. Three years later she moved into her current home in South Burlington. Pugh served as a member of the House Human Services Committee, House Ways and Means, and House Commerce and Economic Development Committees. In 2003 she was appointed to Chair of the House Human Services Committee and has continued to hold that position since.  She is also chair of the Mental Health Oversight Committee and was one of the first two House members on the Joint House and Senate Child Protection Committee. Pugh has a stepdaughter, Jennie Hayes who has also become an active community member and pubic servant.

    Vermont Representative

  • Barbara Rachelson

    Vermont Representative

    Representative Barbara Rachelson grew up in North Caldwell, New Jersey before attending Brandeis University in Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 1978 before completing an MSW in policy and planning in 1979 at the University of Michigan. Representative Rachelson is the Executive Director of Lund since 1997 and has 30 years' experience working in nonprofit organizations, which includes: Executive Director of the Michigan Network of Runaway and Youth Services among many other positions. She was a legislative aide for the Michigan House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, an LBJ intern for Congressman Joseph Minish (NJ), and an intern for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. She is a fieldwork instructor at UVM School of Social Work and a former fieldwork instructor for the University of Michigan and Michigan State University Schools of Social Work. She was also a federal peer and grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Rachelson is married and the mother of Isaac and Aviva Loeb.

    Vermont Representative

  • Gerald (Jerry) Stebelton

    Ohio Representative (Retired)

    Gerald (Jerry) Stebelton recently retired after serving four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives for Ohio’s 77th House District. Prior to that time, he was a contract administrator/negotiator with the Battelle Memorial Institute from 1968 to 1971 and he worked for five years as an aeronautical engineer with Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation and North American Rockwell Corporation. An Ohio native, Representative Stebelton graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and Capital University Law School in Columbus. Since retirement from the General Assembly, he has returned to an of-counsel position with the law firm he founded in 1978. Stebelton and his wife, Becky, have been married for 51 years and have two children and one grandchild.

    Ohio Representative (Retired)

  • David Steil

    Pennsylvania Representative

    Representative David Steil has combined some 30 years of public service, while often, simultaneously, holding senior management positions in manufacturing and distribution. His public service experience included 14 years in municipal government and 16 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he was known for his expertise in land use planning and taxation.  Representative Steil was active in the National Conference of State Legislators for over 10 years and served for three years on its Board of Directors. Currently he continues his passion for developing policy initiatives in several areas, especially health care and is the Pennsylvania Coordinator for the national No Labels movement. Steil is also the owner of a small manufacturing company developing instrumentation and air filtration products for the environmental industry. He has two grown children with his wife Kaaren. The two recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    Pennsylvania Representative

  • Fred Strahorn

    Ohio Representative

    House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn returned to the Ohio House in 2013, after serving as State Senator for the 5th district from 2009 to 2011 and Senior Political Advisor to the Ohio Democratic party from 2011 to 2013. Representative Strahorn previously served citizens of the greater Dayton area as state representative from 2001 to 2008, including two years as House Minority Whip, before term limits prevented him from seeking reelection. Strahorn has also served as vice president of government affairs for the Ohio United Way, in addition to managing residential properties and selling real estate. His civic experiences have included serving on boards of Wright State University, Wesley Community Center, Mary Scott Nursing Home, Childcare Works, Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation, and he is a former member of the Southwest Dayton Business Association and the Dayton Area Board of Realtors. Strahorn graduated from The Ohio State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aviation Management. He is a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and his greatest joy in life is his daughter Morgan Allison Strahorn.

    Ohio Representative

  • Susan Ticehurst

    New Hampshire Representative

    Representative Susan Ticehurst credits her experiences living, working, raising a family and volunteering in her community as having prepared her to represent the families of Albany, Madison, Freedom and Tamworth, New Hampshire. Having spent time working as a micro-loan program facilitator she helped provide access to capital, connections and educational resources for self-employed rural business owners. As a child care center director, she saw the importance of health and safety standards but also the burdens of meeting state regulations. As an elder care provider, Ticehurst realized the necessity for community support networks As clerk of a conservation commission, she saw the value of wise planning for protection of our natural resources. And as a citizen lobbyist, she studied the legislative process. A passion for fair, responsible and open government and a firm conviction that people deserve respectful, collaborative work from their elected officials, inspired Representative Ticehurst to serve in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

    New Hampshire Representative

  • John Unger

    West Virginia Senator

    Senator John Unger has committed his life to being a public servant-leader and bringing together his many experiences in theology and public life. Unger has worked around the world fighting for human rights in Hong Kong, Turkey, Iraq, as well as Calcutta, India where he spent a year working with Mother Teresa in 1990. Senator Unger is currently serving in the West Virginia State Senate while simultaneously obliging as the Chief Chaplain for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department. He resides in Martinsburg with his wife Cara, who is a third grade teacher at Berkeley Heights Elementary School.

    West Virginia Senator

  • Mike Vehle

    South Dakota Senator

    Senator Mike Vehle was first elected to the South Dakota Senate in 2008 and served previously in the South Dakota House.  After 4 years as a Legislative Aide to a member of Congress, Vehle spent half his business life in the Grain, Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer business, and  the other half in the Banking business .Senator Vehle has also been active in several community organizations including the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Lions, and Rotary Clubs.

    South Dakota Senator

  • JoAnn Ward

    Minnesota Representative

    Representative JoAnn Ward is currently serving her second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Prior to moving to Minnesota in 1974, Representative Ward taught as a high school teacher in Seattle, Washington. An active community volunteer, she leads two successful bond issues, rallying 1,000 volunteers to support the construction of much-needed school facilities. Representative Ward has held leadership roles in university, public schools, church, and several neighborhood organizations. In 1994 Representative Ward completed a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on Learning and Human Development Technology -- Human Resource Development. She has extensive training and experience in collaborative decision-making and conflict management, specifically Baldridge Performance Excellence and Restorative Justice. Representative Ward and her husband, Joe have three grown children and five Minnesotan grandchildren.

    Minnesota Representative

  • Kate Webb

    Vermont Representative

    Representative Kate Webb was elected in 2008 to the Vermont House of Representatives and currently serves as the House Assistant Majority Leader. Webb worked with the House and Senate assistant majority and minority leaders to bring Next Generation to Vermont in 2015.  She is a retired special educator/speech language pathologist, serving on the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences Board of Advisors and on the New England Board of Higher Education. She spends much of her time in the statehouse working on environmental issues with a particular interest in water quality and serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Future of Lake Champlain.  Representative Webb is the past treasurer of the Vermont Association for Psychological Type and gives introductory workshops to schools and non-profits using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. She is married with two daughters, two stepdaughters, four sons-in-law and an expanding number of grandchildren.

    Vermont Representative

  • Sharon Wylie

    Washington Representative

    Representative Sharon Wylie is currently serving her third term in the Washington House of Representatives. Prior to her appointment in 2011, she was the Government Relations Officer for Clark County and several other county and transportation organizations in Washington State. Representative Wylie is a member of the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee.  She was also one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the class of 2013. The National Institute for Civil Discourse included Representative Wylie in its 2014 Facilitator Training for its Next Generation Program that serves to increase civil and effective problem solving in state legislative bodies around the country. Representative Wylie has been married for more than 35 years to Ted Gathe, former Vancouver City Attorney. They have adult twin daughters and one grandson.

    Washington Representative

  • Hans Zeiger

    Washington Representative

    Representative Hans Zeiger is serving his third term in the Washington House of Representatives. A champion for students and an advocate for youth civic engagement, Zeiger was the 2012 Washington Student Association Legislator of the Year. Representative Zeiger holds appointments on the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy Board, and the William Ruckelshaus Center Board. Outside of the Legislature Zeiger leads the Chapman Center for Civic Leadership at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, and he is a Second Lieutenant in the Washington Air National Guard. A contributing writer for Philanthropy Daily, he is the author of two books about young Americans and has taught a class on state and local government at Seattle Pacific University. Representative Zeiger was the Republican recipient of the inaugural Gabrielle Giffords Award for Civility in State Governance awarded by The National Institute for Civil Discourse in August 2015.

    Washington Representative

  • Nick Zerwas

    Minnesota Representative

    Representative Nick Zerwas is currently serving his 2nd term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Nick serves on the Health and Human Services Finance Com- mittee, Health and Human Services Reform Committee, Civil Law and Data Practices Committee, and the Public Safety Committee. Born with a severe heart defect in 1980, Nick has under- gone 10 open-heart surgeries. He credits his family’s constant love and support along with that of his community for why he has been able to overcome those adversities.  Nick attended Hamline University in Saint Paul where he received his B.A. in Biology and later obtained his M.B.A. at the University of Phoenix. Nick currently lives in, and represents, his hometown of Elk River, Minnesota.

    Minnesota Representative