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Horn to lead CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, will serve over the next year as chair of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC).

The MLC is a subsection of The Council of State Governments (CSG), a nonpartisan association of state and provincial legislators that fosters regional cooperation, information sharing and leadership development.

Horn formally assumed this leadership position within MLC on Dec. 7 after being elected by fellow state and provincial lawmakers from across the Midwest.

“We look forward to Senator Horn leading our organization and guiding its work on behalf of the MLC’s member states and provinces, and their legislators,” said Mike McCabe, director of CSG Midwest, which provides secretariat services to the MLC. “In addition to his dedicated service as a Michigan state legislator, Senator Horn has already made invaluable contributions to the interstate community, and he brings to this role a wealth of expertise and experience that will serve the region well.”

Horn already has been an important leader in the MLC. The senator is a longtime member of its executive committee and has been a member of its four-legislator officer team since 2018. He also served as a co-chair of the MLC Economic Development Committee, and through CSG, has received a fellowship to Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development and graduated from the Henry Toll Fellowship Program.

As MLC chair, Horn is planning a year-long focus on state and provincial strategies to promote literacy. He also will lead his legislative colleagues from Michigan in hosting the MLC’s 75th Annual Meeting, which will be held July 19-22 in Detroit. The event typically attracts more than 500 legislators and other participants from across the region.

All legislators from 11 Midwestern states and one Canadian province are members of the MLC: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition, members of the legislative assemblies in three other Canadian provinces — Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario — are MLC affiliates.

The Midwestern office of CSG provides staff support to the MLC. CSG, the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government, offers regional, national and international opportunities for state officials to collaborate, develop leadership skills and create problem-solving partnerships.

The national organization is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. The CSG Midwest office is located in Lombard, Illinois. If you would like more information on CSG or the MLC, please contact Mike McCabe at [email protected] or 630-925-1922 or visit


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Photo caption: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with the four new MLC officers for 2020. From left to right: Kansas Sen. Carolyn McGinn, second vice chair; South Dakota Sen. Gary Cammack, first vice chair; Michigan Sen. Ken Horn, chair; and Illinois Sen. Elgie Sims, immediate past chair.