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Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate Selected as CSG Toll Fellow
Paul D. Pate
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July 13, 2015

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate Selected as CSG Toll Fellow

LEXINGTON, Ky.-Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2015.

The Class of 2015 Toll Fellows represents 33 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive. A nine-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

Named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, the Toll Fellowship program is one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, the program brings 48 of the nation's top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp.

"I applied to be a CSG Henry Toll Fellow so I could develop and expand ideas," said Pate, "and focus on being a better leader for my state and country. The Henry Toll Fellowship program and participants offer me an opportunity to interact with some of the best talent and leaders in the country. I hope that my participation will also be beneficial to my fellow participants."

The program's agenda includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. While each year's program is unique, previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry, adaptive leadership and much more.

"The Toll Fellowship remains the oldest and most prestigious of all leadership development programs for elected officials," said David Adkins, CSG's executive director/CEO. "Its impact is profound and its quality is renowned. As a Toll Fellow from 1993, I know first hand the impact the program has on elected officials."

Adkins was a 1993 Toll Fellow when he served as a Kansas state representative.

Toll Fellows alumni include U.S. Rep. John Carney, a former Delaware lieutenant governor; former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a former Hawaii state Senate president; U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a former Indiana secretary of state; former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

Pate said programs like Toll Fellows are crucial for state officials.

"Continuing leadership development training is important for state officials because Iowans deserve the best," he said. "When given the honor of serving, expanding our leadership skills is key. We should always strive to improve and opportunities like Toll are very beneficial."

This year's program will be held Aug. 28-Sept. 2 in Lexington.