House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) was recently selected to be a member of the Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, class of 2013. A total of 24 elected officials were selected to be a part of the program which is for the nation’s most promising young political leaders.
The Aspen Institute program was established in 2005 and today includes Fellows who have since gone on to serve as governors, members of Congress, high-ranking local and state officials, and members of the President’s cabinet.
The fellowship selects officials who have won recognition for their commitment to effective and principled bipartisan governance.
“These are men and women who have forged records of excellence at all levels of American government,” said former Congressman Mickey Edwards, the program’s director. “All of them have been nominated for the fellowship by their peers and by political observers and community leaders who have singled them out as the best of the best of our emerging political leadership.”
Paulsen was first elected to the House in 2002 and elected Speaker in 2010. He is a graduate of Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, Iowa State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Iowa. He served his country in the United States Air Force and is currently an attorney for CRST International, Inc. in Cedar Rapids. He and his wife, Cathy have, four grown children.