Alumni Newsletter


Steering Committee



The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development


“You will leave better informed and better prepared to make a true impact on your chamber, your legislative body and your community.”
-- Illinois Rep. Elgie Sims Jr., Class of 2014

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BILLD: A unique educational experience for legislators

Each summer, 37 lawmakers from the 11 member states of the Midwestern Legislative Conference and its affiliate members gather in Madison, Wis., for a unique five-day educational experience.  In addition to its focus on leadership training, such as conflict resolution and negotiation, BILLD includes policy sessions on issues such as education, corrections, health care and economic development, as well as seminars on media relations, priority management and consensus building.
The BILLD program is conducted by CSG's Midwestern Office in cooperation with The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program takes place each summer on the university’s campus.Fellowships are awarded on a competitive, nonpartisan basis by a Steering Committee of legislators from the region.
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Congratulations to the 2014 BILLD Fellows: The 20th class to graduate from Midwestern
Legislative Conference leadership program for state legislators


Last month, 36 state and provincial lawmakers took part in the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, a program designed to build the leadership skills of newer legislators from the Midwest. Now in its 20th year, the five-day institute is a signature program of the Midwestern Legislative Conference. This year’s BILLD Fellows are listed below, from left to right in each row.
Row one: Rep. Kevin Boyce (Ohio); Rep. Kylie Oversen (N.D.); Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (Wis.); Rep. Melissa Sargent (Wis.); Rep. Laura Fine (Ill.); Rep. Ramon Gonzalez (Kan.)
Row two: Rep. Rob VerHeulen (Mich.); Rep. Scott Parsley (S.D.); Sen. Chris Brase (Iowa); Rep. Robin Shackleford (Ind.); Rep. Susan Concannon (Kan.); Sen. Foung Hawj (Minn.); Sen. Dan Watermeier (Neb.); Rep. Peter Silbernagel (N.D.)
Row three: Rep. John Rogers (Ohio); Rep. Adam Neylon (Wis.); Sen. Tom Campbell (N.D.); Rep. Rob Taylor (Iowa); MLA Everett McDonald (Alberta); Rep. Dennis Zent (Ind); Rep. Ron Kresha (Minn.); Rep. Ronald Ryckman Sr. (Kan.)
Row four: Rep. John Patterson (Ohio); Rep. Timothy Johns (S.D.); Rep. Gretchen Driskell (Mich.); Rep. Paula Hawks (S.D.); Sen. Vicki Jensen (Minn.); Sen. John Murante (Neb.); Rep. Elgie Sims (Ill.)
Row five: MLA Wayne Ewasko (Manitoba); Rep. Jarad Klein (Iowa); Sen. Pete Miller (Ind.); Rep. Ernest Otten (S.D.); MLA Warren Steinley (Saskatchewan); Sen. Richard Kolowski (Neb.)
Not pictured: Sen. Sam McCann (Ill.)












What is BILLD?
The Bowhay Institute is the only leadership training program designed exclusively for Midwestern legislators. BILLD helps  newer legislators develop the skills  necessary to become effective leaders,  informed decision-makers and astute policy analysts. The program offers a  unique opportunity for lawmakers to  improve their leadership skills and explore the issues of the day with nationally renowned scholars, professional development experts, and legislative leaders and colleagues from across the region.