Today, Wisconsin State Senator Jennifer Shilling was selected as one of ten rising leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a recently launched national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives.
Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, Honorary Chairs of the NewDEAL, recognized Senator Shilling for her efforts to expand opportunity in rural Wisconsin by increasing investments in broadband internet access.
"Senator Begich and I have joined the NewDEAL because we believe we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington, but also from the bottom up, where innovative leaders like Jennifer Shilling are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground," said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.
"In communities throughout the country, rising state and local leaders such as Jennifer Shilling are proving that you can be both pro-growth and progressive. The NewDEAL is designed to foster these types of ideas and these types of leaders," said Senator Begich, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.
"Information technology is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and I believe that we must continue to focus on investing in high-speed broadband internet improvements if we want to remain economically competitive," said Senator Shilling. "One of the fastest ways to turn Main Street businesses into worldwide exporters is to ensure that both urban and rural areas have access to reliable and affordable broadband services. I look forward to working with the nationwide network of NewDEAL progressive leaders to talk about these and other ideas that can help to immediately create jobs and benefit families and businesses in our state."
Shilling is currently featured on the NewDEAL’s interactive website at
www.NewDEALLeaders.org/NewDEAL-Leaders/Jen-Shilling. She joins State Senator Julie Lassa as the second NewDEAL Leader from Wisconsin.