(Lexington, KY), September 20, 2010 — State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) recently completed an intensive symposium for emerging leaders from the three branches of state government. She was among 40 leaders nationwide chosen to attend the Henry Toll Fellowship program established by the Council of State Governments (CSG), which is designed to prepare selected participants to further their leadership roles.
Past Toll Fellowship graduates include governors, US Senators and members of Congress, as well as leaders in state government. Gresham was nominated by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), with endorsements from Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Diane Black (R – Gallatin). She was then elected from a competitive list of nominees across the U.S. by a committee of state elected and appointed officials as one of the most promising leaders of state government. Norris, who is Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of CSG, and Black, who is a candidate for Congress in the 6th U.S. House district, are both alumni of the Toll Fellow program.
This year’s Toll Fellow program focused on policy development, trend analysis, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes. Gresham represents the eight counties of the 26th District in Southwest Tennessee and is Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Both she and her husband, Will, are retired lieutenant colonels in the United States Marine Corps. They live on their cattle farm near Somerville, Tennessee.
For more information about the Henry Toll Fellowship Program, please contact Krista Rinehart at (859)244-8249.