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ELIZABETH STEINER HAYWARDPortland state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2015.

The Council of State Governments announced the fellowship class on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Hayward is a Democrat representing Oregon’s 17th Senate District, which extends from the Pearl District in Portland west to Bethany, Rock Creek and West Union in Washington County, north of the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

The Class of 2015 Toll Fellows represents 33 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four in the judiciary and nine from the executive branch. A nine-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

Named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, the Toll Fellowship program brings 48 of the nation's top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for a six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp.

“I expect that my participation in the Toll Fellowship will enhance my communication and collaboration skills ... and build my ability to develop effective teams that include participants with varied perspectives,” Steiner Hayward said.

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