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John Gregg Discusses Challenges of Governing with Colorado Officials


BGD partner, Former Indiana Speaker of the House of Representatives and 2012 candidate for Indiana Governor John Gregg recently discussed issues pertaining to the challenges of governing at Governing Magazine’s conference for Colorado state and local officials.

The Executive Director of Colorado Municipal League, Sam Mamet, was also in attendance and found his speech particularly inspiring, quoting Gregg in his blog post about the event. “I, me, and mine are three terrible words in politics,” said Gregg. The former “2002 Public Official of the Year” was described by Mamet as “affable, funny, savvy, and very articulate.” Gregg further implored his distinguished audience to “appeal to people’s good nature,” while expressing his frustration at the inability of many governing officials to reach compromise.

John Gregg served in the Indiana House of Representatives for 16 years and as Speaker for six years, retiring in 2002 as the longest serving Democratic Speaker in Indiana history. In recent years, he served as President of Vincennes University. In 2012 Gregg was the Democratic nominee for governor, while not successful; it was the closest race in Indiana History. In his current law practice, he assists local governments, municipalities, school corporations and businesses with regulatory and business matters.

About Governing Magazine

Governing Magazine is a scholarly organization dedicated to the improvement of state and local government. The organization targets four states each year to hold seminars of public officials featuring experience panelists such is Speaker Gregg. At this year’s Colorado conference the Mayors of several major Colorado cities, state economic development officials, and the Colorado Governor’s Chief of Staff were in attendance.

To read the full text of the blog mentioning Mr. Gregg’s speech, please visit the CML Website

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