NewDEAL Announces New Honorary Co-Chairs Governor Markell and Senator Warner

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Fostering Strong Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas From the Frontlines of Government

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2015

Today, when proven policy ideas matter more than ever, the NewDEAL announced that Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia have been named as the organization's two new Honorary Co-Chairs.  Launched in 2011, the NewDEAL is a national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build broadly-earned, sustainable economic growth.  Since 2011, the network has grown to include 118 leaders from 41 states.

“Both Governor Markell and Senator Warner have championed pro-growth, progressive ideas in their own states - from Governor Markell’s nationally recognized work on education reform and efforts to create more jobs in Delaware to Senator Warner’s work to improve veteran services and promote private sector innovation and small business growth in Virginia.  Throughout their time in public service, these two leaders have advocated for more efficient and effective government that expands opportunity for more people and helps grow the economy for the future. We are thrilled to have them at the helm of the NewDEAL,” said Debbie Cox Bultan, the NewDEAL’s Executive Director.

“Senator Warner and I joined the NewDEAL because we believe that in order for government to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we need to look for fresh ideas at the state and local level that are expanding opportunity for more people and providing a better future for the next generation,” said Governor Markell. “NewDEAL Leaders are developing and testing great ideas every day in their cities and states around the country, and we look forward to helping promote those ideas that are working to move our country forward.”

“I am excited to join the NewDEAL with Governor Markell to help promote these progressive, thoughtful state and local leaders who are offering promising examples of how we can make government more effective,” said Senator Warner. “NewDEAL Leaders are the results-oriented, innovative thinkers our country needs to break the political gridlock in Washington and return trust in government.”

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website,, and through its New Ideas Challenge that was launched last year. The public is encouraged to nominate other state and local elected leaders on the network’s website and sign up to stay connected as the NewDEAL highlights more pro-growth progressive ideas.

In addition to Governor Markell and Senator Warner, the NewDEAL is led by Honorary Vice Chairs: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.