I am on the National Conference of State Legislator’s International Committee. As part of the annual conference held this month in Chicago, we hosted over 300 elected officials from countries around the world. During one morning, we broke into smaller groups to discuss issues. I hosted a table of officials from South Africa, Kenya, Turkey and Japan to discuss civic involvement and how we can get more people engaged in politics, public service, voting and government. We learned and shared much. Many issues are similar in each of the countries.

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