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Representative Melanie Meier awarded fellowship for Midwestern leadership institute
LEAVENWORTH - State Rep. Melanie Meier, Leavenworth, KS, is among a select group of 37 lawmakers chosen to participate in an annual training program that identifies and assists promising state leaders throughout the Midwest.
Meier will meet with fellow lawmakers from Kansas and 10 other Midwestern states, and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan, in July 9-13 in Madison, Wis., for the Council of State Governments’ 16th Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).
“I’m honored to be selected to participate in this program, and look forward to learning how I can more effectively represent the in the Kansas legislature.“ Meier said.
BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of program devolution and, in many states, term limits. These two emerging forces highlight the shortage of training available for legislators, a void that BILLD aims to fill.
Since 1995, more than 500 of the region’s lawmakers have graduated from BILLD. State legislators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin are chosen to participate through a competitive, nonpartisan selection process.
Representative Meier notes “This is a great opportunity to meet, share with, and learn from legislators in our neighboring states and Canada.”
BILLD is named in honor of the late James Bowhay, longtime director of the Council of State Governments’ Midwest office. The program is funded through grants from foundation and corporate sponsors and an in-kind contribution provided by the Council of State Governments’ Midwest office.
BILLD is held in partnership with the University of Wisconsin’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. Courses and seminars are conducted by La Follette faculty, Midwestern legislative leaders and professional development experts. In addition to courses designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, economic development and corrections.
Founded in 1933, the Council of State Governments has its national headquarters in Lexington, Ky., and regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and Sacramento, Calif. The stated goal of the nonpartisan organization is to assist and advance state government by providing research assistance, professional development opportunities, interstate consulting services and suggested state legislation.
“I am very excited to attend this training, and look forward to using what I learn to better represent my fellow Kansans in the Capital.”
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Rep. Melanie Meier files for re-election to Kansas House
LEAVENWORTH – Rep. Melanie Meier, Leavenworth, has filed for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in the . Throughout her time in the Kansas House, Meier has fought tirelessly to protect the state’s funding to the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs. She also led an effort to amend the Concealed Carry License that allows active duty military to obtain licenses in Kansas. Additionally, Meier carried legislation that improved communication between military bases and their surrounding municipalities. As a veteran and a member of a military community, Meier’s dedication to veteran’s issues will remain a top priority in the next term.
Gov. Mark Parkinson strongly endorsed Meier’s re-election bid.
“Melanie Meier epitomizes public service,” said Parkinson. “She has not only worked steadfastly to represent her community in the Kansas State Capitol, she has spent her career risking her life to defend the values we hold dear as Americans. This is the type of leadership we need in Topeka. We need a representative who discards empty rhetoric to find real solutions to the problems we face. With Melanie’s commitment and problem-solving skills in the Statehouse, Kansas will emerge from the national economic recession better and stronger than ever.”
Meier, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, was first elected in 2008. She was called to active military duty just one month after the 2009 Legislative Session began. To ensure that the continued to have a voice in the Statehouse while she fulfilled her service to the country, Meier resigned the seat before deploying to Iraq. She was promptly reappointed upon her safe return in Jan. 2010.
“My tour of duty in Iraq reinforced my strong belief in the greatness our state and our country,” Meier said. “Having seen up close and personal what can happen in a country without laws, democracy and free enterprise, I am even more committed to helping my fellow citizens overcome our own economic challenges.”
Although her military service has taken her around the world, Meier’s roots are in Leavenworth. After graduating from Leavenworth High School in 1985, she went on to attend the University of Kansas, participating in Army ROTC and earning the Distinguished Military Graduate award. After being commissioned, she served eight years as an air defense artilleryman at Fort Hood, Texas and also as a military intelligence officer in Seoul Korea where she earned a Master’s degree in management. She and her husband, Tom, live on a small farm in the Salt Creek Valley. Meier is active in the community and volunteers for the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association. She is also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #56 and the Leavenworth County Humane Society.
“Our community demands a strong advocate for education, veterans, and public safety institutions in the Kansas House of Representatives,” said Meier. “As someone who has been connected to these issues both personally and professionally for my entire life, I believe that I can continue to provide the representation that District 40 needs and expects.”
The 2010 Election will take place on Nov. 2, 2010. Kansans may now register to vote online at https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/. A valid driver’s license or nondriver’s identification card is necessary to complete the online registration process. You must re-register to vote if you have changed your address, your name or your party affiliation since the last election.
News for on March 10, 2009
To the Citizens of the 40th House District:
As you may already know, I was mobilized in February for deployment to Iraq.
The precinct committeemen and women of the elected Mr. Don Navinsky, of Easton, to take my seat in the Legislature. Don is a former Leavenworth County Commissioner.
As I have said before, representing the is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to the opportunity to resume this responsibility as soon as I can. Thank you for all your support and input.
News for on February 10, 2009
To the Citizens of the 40th House District:
As you may already know, I have served in the United States Army Reserves for the last 19 years and hold the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
I take this responsibility very seriously. Recently, I unexpectedly received orders to report to active duty. I have been ordered to report
to Ft. Hood for pre-deployment training on February 22, 2009, and then on to Iraq. My unit is currently projected to return in early January
In November 2008, I was elected to my first term serving in the Kansas House of Representatives, serving the . This is a critical
time for the Kansas Legislature and I have been wholeheartedly committed to providing you and your family the best representation possible. To
ensure the people of District 40 continue to have a voice in the Kansas Capitol, I have resigned my duties as a state lawmaker. I will continue
to serve you in Iraq, but in a different capacity.
The precinct committeemen and women of the will meet on the 23rd of February to decide who will fill my seat. Once they decide,
they will forward the name to the Governor who then makes the appointment.
Representing the is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to the opportunity to resume this responsibility as soon as I
can. Thank you for all your support and input.
Updated: November 5, 2009