Pendarvis Selected as One of Nation’s Outstanding Rising Leaders
South Carolina State Representative Marvin Pendarvis (District 113) today was selected as one of 22 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local elected officials with Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland.
Members of the network have been chosen from more than 1,900 nominations over NewDEAL’s 12 years, and are united by their work to enact pro-growth progressive solutions across their diverse array of communities.
Pendarvis joins the group at a time when state and local leaders are on the frontlines of responding to economic issues around the cost of living and the changing nature of work, as well as challenges caused by climate change, racial inequities, and threats to our democracy. At a moment when unprecedented federal resources are flowing to states, counties, and cities from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and Inflation Reduction Act, NewDEALers are supporting each other in thinking big and sharing model policies and programs, including through in-person and virtual convenings. In one effort, NewDEAL has released an ARPA impact report highlighting some of the innovative ways members of the network have used federal funding to transform their communities. NewDEALers also led a working group that released a Democracy Playbook, featuring actionable steps elected officials across all levels of state and local government can take to strengthen elections. NewDEAL Leaders’ work also has contributed to reports of policy recommendations on education, climate change, broadband, and the future of work.
NewDEALers’ next major convening will take place at the 2023 Spring Ideas Summit, May 15-16 in Detroit, MI, where about 50 members will join other innovators from the public and private sectors to discuss a forward-looking agenda for state and local Democrats to address the biggest challenges facing our country, including housing, education, climate change, and threats to our democracy.
Pendarvis was selected to join NewDEAL because of his dedication to effecting change through state government. Since his election in 2016, Pendarvis has focused on the need for high-quality, affordable housing to meet the needs of his constituents. He has been outspoken on the need for greater investments in South Carolina public schools, advocating for additional state funding to raise teacher salaries and hire additional teachers to reward important public servants and improve student learning outcomes.
NewDEAL Leaders have found broad support for their work across red, blue, and purple states and cities, with more than 20 rising to higher office in the past few years. Throughout the organization’s history, more than one in four NewDEAL Leaders has moved to higher office. These leaders include members of Congress, such as Marilyn Strickland in Washington, Brittany Pettersen in Colorado, and Jennifer McClellan in Virginia, Governor Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania, and new Mayors in cities from San Jose, CA to Stamford, CT.
“We are in a vitally important moment for state and local leaders as we work to channel transformational levels of federal aid while grappling with the challenges that will continue to affect the economic security of South Carolinians for decades to come,” said Pendarvis. “I look forward to sharing lessons with and learning from other leaders who are setting the standard for effective governance, and I am excited to be part of NewDEAL’s efforts to expand opportunities for Americans in communities nationwide.”
The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders. NewDEAL alumni have included Pete Buttigieg, Stacey Abrams, Jason Kander, Alex Padilla, Ben McAdams, and more.
Today’s announcement brings the total number of NewDEAL members – statewide officials, legislators, mayors, councilmembers, and other local leaders – to 191 leaders from 49 states.
Learn more about Pendarvis and the NewDEAL at http://www.newdealleaders.org/
The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:
Alaska: Representative Maxine Dibert
Arkansas: Representative Nicole Clowney
Connecticut: Senator Christine Cohen
Georgia: Representative Phil Olaleye
Georgia: Fulton County Commissioner Dana Barrett
Louisiana: Senator Royce Duplessis
Maryland: Delegate Adrian Boafo
Michigan: Senator Kristen McDonald Rivet
Minnesota: Rochester Mayor Kim Norton
New Mexico: Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
Nevada: Las Vegas Councilmember Brian Knudsen
New York: Assemblymember Alex Bores
Ohio: Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval
Ohio: Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb
Oregon: Representative Daniel Nguyen
Rhode Island: Providence Mayor Brett Smiley
South Carolina: Representative Marvin Pendarvis
Tennessee: Representative Caleb Hemmer
Utah: Senator Stephanie Pitcher
Virginia: Newport News Mayor Phil Jones
Virginia: Delegate Irene Shin
Virginia: Fairfax County Supervisor James Walkinshaw
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