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Nov. 2 , 2010

Labs of Democracy: State Elections Will Shape the Future

CSG Executive Director David Adkins Headlines Washington, D.C., Luncheon


WASHINGTON, D.C .—After the Nov. 2 election, things in the states will change. States will switch strategies in a politically tough environment and a tight economy. That's according to David Adkins, executive director and CEO of The Council of State Governments, the premier association and leadership development organization for the community of state government officials in all three branches. Adkins will headline a Washington Area State Relations Groupluncheon at noon on Nov. 18 at Clyde's Restaurant in Washington, D.C.
When it comes to shaping public policy, the states are trendsetters. Being prepared for that world is paramount. To use a popular phrase, the states are the laboratories of democracy, something CSG believes strongly.
And the test tubes are boiling.
"The election results in state legislative races will have a big impact on the future of the Congress for the next decade," Adkins said. "State lawmakers elected this year will reapportion the 435 U.S. House districts."
Adkins will share more on the aftermath of the elections and how states will shape public policy in 2011 from his organization's unparalleled vantage point. CSG is poised to offer the community of state government officials the opportunity to share the best ideas and what works in the states. CSG also offers newly elected legislators and other state officials unrivaled training and leadership opportunities through its leadership development programs at the national and regional levels.
Training tomorrow's state leaders is more important now than ever.
"We are in a transitional time in our history, our economy and in our politics. We expect more than half of the states will have new governors. Many senior legislators are being retired due to term limits and new leadership will be elected in many state legislative chambers," Adkins said. "We will be working to provide these newly elected officials with the information and insights they will need to govern effectively."
Join Adkins Nov. 18 in the Piedmont Room of Clyde's Restaurant at 707 7th Street NW in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. Learn more at