Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 9, 2007
Sen. Glenn Coffee
Coffee Selected for National Fellowship
for ‘Rising Stars’ of American Politics
Sen. Glenn Coffee, the co-president pro tempore of the Oklahoma
Senate, has been selected by the Aspen Institute for a fellowship
program honoring public leaders identified as "the true rising
stars" of American politics.
Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, is one of 24 leaders selected for the
Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, following an eight-month
search involving input from over 1,000 business, political, and
civic leaders from across the country.
Drawn from the ranks of federal, state, and local governments, and
representing 22 states, the Class of 2007 will form the third class
of the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, designed to
bring together “the very best of the nation's emerging leaders”
to discuss broad issues of democratic governance and effective public
service. This class of Fellows will convene late next month for
a conversation centered on the underlying values and principles
of a democratic society.
Former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards, the program's director,
said the new fellowship class represents “the true promise
of America––an outstanding group of young leaders with
a clear commitment to putting aside partisan differences for the
good of our nation."
Edwards described the program's goals as twofold: “In a political
world in which partisanship has become increasingly negative and
public decision-making has become increasingly polarized, we're
working to help a new generation of public leaders build lasting
relationships across party lines, and at the same time, we're trying
to sharpen the focus of the political conversation on our common
goals as members of a diverse democracy."
Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson said the Rodel Fellows
"represent the best hope for America's future — upcoming
leaders committed to working together for the common good."
Coffee stated, “It’s an honor to be selected as a Rodel
Fellow by the Aspen Institute. I look forward to meeting with leaders
from across our nation to seek common ground for solutions to the
issues and problems facing America today.”
For more information, contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5605