District 37 State Senator Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, joined legislators from across the country to participate in the 2013 Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville from July 8-11.
The national program, sponsored by the non-profit, non-partisan State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF) and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, is designed to enhance the leadership potential and vision of policymakers judged to be potential future state leaders. Senate President John Alario nominated Sen. Peacock for the leadership conference.
“It was a very worthwhile conference, allowing 68 fairly recently elected legislators from across the country to exchange ideas and collaborate on how we can improve each of our states,” said Sen. Peacock. “A lot of the concerns we deal with in Louisiana are the same in other states. These include education, economic development and development of infrastructure. Being a relatively small group, we were able to interact on these issues and others. Also, now I know someone to call in South Dakota and New York who’ve faced similar situations.”
To participate in the program, legislators must have recently begun their public service in the legislature and must be nominated by their peers. One of the primary criteria for selection is the legislator’s commitment to public service. The State Legislative Leaders Foundation provides scholarships to state legislators chosen for the leadership program that cover the cost of participation.