The Journal Gazette
Sunday, February 23, 2020 1:00 am

Fellowship offers insight to state government

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

If you want a close-up look at state government, the deadline to apply to the 2020-21 Governor's Fellowship is approaching.

The Governor's Fellowship is highly selective and provides a unique experience in Indiana state government by placing fellows in various state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year.

“Our Governor's Fellows are such a valuable piece to our team,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “The wide range of assistance they provide over the course of their fellowship is key to serving Hoosiers in a timely and thorough manner.”

The program is open to college graduates who receive their bachelor's degrees in either fall 2019 or spring 2020. Fellows are paid, full-time employees who participate in the day-to-day activities of state government. Many Governor's Fellow participants have gone on to successful careers in both the public and private sectors – with some serving at the highest levels of local, state and federal government.

The application and submission guidelines can be found online at To be eligible for consideration, the application and all supporting materials must be postmarked or submitted via email by Friday.

Debate VP

The Indiana Debate Commission recently elected Cathleen M. Shrader of Barrett McNagny LLP vice president of the commission.

The Indiana Debate Commission is a nonpartisan, statewide group founded in 2007 to promote debates at the state level. It is the oldest independent and nonpartisan commission of its kind in the nation.

Barrett McNagny LLP is among the largest northeastern Indiana law firms.

Shrader focuses on appellate practice and complex business litigation, and has extensive experience in civil litigation.

In 2010, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed her to the 10-member Indiana State Board of Law Examiners. Last year, she was appointed to and served on the Indiana Supreme Court's Study Commission on the Future of the Indiana Bar Exam.

Henry's goals

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will speak about his goals for the city in 2020 at a Wednesday meeting of the Allen County Democratic Luncheon Club.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Club Room at the Clyde Theatre, 1808 Bluffton Road.

Those attending may order meals from the restaurant menu. Space is limited. Nonmembers and guests must RSVP by Tuesday morning with Randy Schmidt at

Black engagement

Indiana ranks 22nd nationally for the highest political engagement by African Americans, according to a study by personal finance website WalletHub.

WalletHub compared 49 states according to black voter registration and turnout in the 2016 and 2018 elections and the proportional representation of blacks in state legislatures and political parties' national conventions.

Montana was not included because of limited data, a WalletHub spokeswoman said.

States with the highest political engagement by African Americans were, in order, Minnesota, Ohio and South Carolina. States with the lowest engagement were, in order, South Dakota, North Dakota and Utah.

WalletHub found that 23 states have no black representatives in their state legislatures.

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