1st–14th US Young Political Leaders Delegations to Japan


The US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program is an exchange program for up-and-coming leaders in both countries that began in 1973 in collaboration with the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). Although the program began with American political leaders traveling to Japan, in 1981, Japanese delegations also began traveling to the United States, providing an opportunity for them to meet and engage in discussions with US Congressional members, state and local government officials, and nonprofit sector representatives.

Donald BarnettMayor, Rapid City, SD

Peter BerleNew York State Assemblyman

Joseph CanadaVirginia State Senator

Michael DivelyMichigan State Senator

Wyche FowlerAlderman, City of Atlanta, GA

Richard GimerDelegate to the United Nations

Joseph GrandmaisonDeputy Director, Democratic Charter Commission

Calvin HultmanIowa State Senator

Clifford KelleyAlderman, City of Chicago, IL

Fred KooryMajority Whip, Arizona State Senate

Spencer OliverExecutive Director, ACYPL

Melville OwenAttorney

Joseph RaymondMaryland State Senator

Richard StearnsSpecial Assistant to Sen. George McGovern

Robert UndersteinPresident, ACYPL

Richard WalshMayor, Kansas City

Michael AntonovichCalifornia State Assemblyman

Gregory AustinCounsel, US Department of Commerce

Marion BarryPresident, City Council, Washington, DC

William BaxleyAttorney General, AL

Sharon CampChair, Maryland Democratic Party

Elizabeth Hanford DoleMember, Federal Trade Commission

Joe FordArkansas State Senator

David ForwardChairman, Maryland Republican Party

George GortonTreasurer, California Republican Party

Richard GuthmanAlderman, City of Atlanta, GA

Charles ManattChairman, Western Conference Democratic Party

Spencer OliverExecutive Director, ACYPL

Allen OlsonAttorney General, ND

Robert PlanteChairman, Washington, DC Republican Party

Robert SchmidtVice President, ACYPL (President, Wireless Cable Association)

Melvin SteinbergMaryland State Senator

Charles TysonChairman, South Dakota Republican Party

Thomas BeasleyChairman, Tennessee Republican Party

Joseph BrennanMember, Town Council of West Orange, NJ

Larry BrownSpecial Advisor to Rep. Jack Kemp

Joseph FarmerExecutive Director, ACYPL

Luis GranadosDemocratic Pollster

Augusta HornblowerPresident, Republican Women’s Club of Massachusetts

Gwen Moore, Member, California State Assembly

Carl OfficerMayor, East St. Louis, IL

Rosemarie SansoneMember, Boston City Council, MA

Richard SeifmanExecutive Director, UNA/USA

Linda SilverStaff Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

Christopher StewartDirector, Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Patricia TrendacostaAssistant Vice President and Government Relations Analyst, Franzel & Share

Kim WellsAdministrative Assistant to Sen. Bob Dole

Catherine AshleyExecutive Director, Ohio State House of Representatives

Don CogmanVice President for Government Affairs, MAPCO

Bob DavisTexas State Representative

Jackson FarisPresident, Jack Faris and Associates

Lanny Hall, Texas State Representative

Travis HorelLegislative Assistant to Sen. John Warner

Walt KleinAdministrative Assistant to Sen. William Armstrong

John MartinSpeaker, Maine State House of Representatives

Patrick NolanCalifornia State Representative

Jo Ann NorthMember, Metropolitan Council of Nashville, Davidson County, TN

Martin Reilly, Massachusetts State Senator

Gary TumultySangamon County Clerk, IL

William Artist, Colorado State Representative

Chuck Hardwick, New Jersey State Representative

Adonis Hoffman, Legislative Assistant for Foreign Affairs to Rep. Mervyn Dymally

Judy Love, Professional Staff Member, North Carolina Washington Office

Charles Luken, President Pro Tem, Cincinnati City Council, OH

Patsy Madrid, District Court Judge, State of New Mexico

Marian Malashevich, Economist, Joint Economic Committee, US Congress

John Maxwell, Chief Counsel and Staff Director, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Agency Administration

Denise O’Leary, Program Officer, ACYPL

John Plewa, Wisconsin State Representative

Betty Tamposi, New Hampshire State Representative

Robert Thibeault, Government Relations Manager, Chicago Regional Authority

Thomas BoneyStaff, Senate Agriculture Committee

Stephen CohenTennessee State Senator

Donald EstyPresident, Westbrook City Council, ME

Stephen GoldsmithMarion County Prosecutor, IN

Chris HarrisTexas State Representative

Al LunaTexas State Representative

Jon MillsHouse Majority Leader, Florida State Legislature

Tim McDowellNorth Carolina State Senator

Curt Moffat, Legal Counsel, ACYPL

Janet MullinsAdministrative Assistant to US Sen. Mitch McConnell

Jay PiersonMinority Assistant Manager, US House of Representatives

Steven SaundersTrustee, ACYPL

Kathy WilburBoard of Regents, University of Michigan

Kathleen BertelsenLegislative Assistant to US Congressman Sam Gejdenson

Jan FisherEctor County Judge, TX

Michael KingAssistant Minority Leader, New Hampshire House of Representatives

Matthew KisberTennessee State Representative

Joseph Malone, Executive Director, Massachusetts Civic Interests Council

Ceci Cole, McInturffSpecial Assistant to President Reagan for Political and Intergovernmental Affairs

Thomas SansonettiChair, Wyoming Republican Party

Robert SchmidtVice President, ACYPL

David Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Labor

Lewis WarshauerLegislative Director to Congressman Robert Torricelli

David WilliamsKentucky State Senator

William AlexanderNorth Carolina State Representative

Michael CourseyDirector, Office of Investigations, International Trade Administration, US Department of Commerce

Robert EckelsTexas State Representative

Evelyn FrazierCommunications Director to Rep. Norman Sisiskey

Allen GordonArkansas State Senator

William Graves, Secretary of State, State of Kansas

Niels HolchAdministrative Assistant/Legislative Director to US Sen. Mitch McConnell

Edward Jagels, District Attorney, Kern County, CA

Michael Lapolla, Chairman, Board of Chosen Freeholders, NJ

Rebecca TidmanStaff Assistant to Rep. Dante Fascell

Patricia Blake, Councilwoman, City of Mesa, AZ

Thomas JacksonMember, Virginia House of Delegates

William LacyPresident, The Lacy Company

Stephen McDanielTennessee State Representative

Robert MoorePresident, Moore Information Services

Barbara RohdeDirector, Washington Office, MN

Deborah SteelmanAssociate Director, Office of Management and Budget OMB

Stratton TaylorOklahoma State Representative

Mark WassermanExecutive Chief for Administration, Office of the Governor of Maryland

Tom AdamsLegislative Assistant to US Rep. Dante Fascell

Katalin Baranski, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Community, Planning and Development, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Paul ColbertTexas State Representative

Charles Dusseau, Metro Dade County Commissioner, FL

Edward HouckVirginia State Senator

Jeff HueninkPennsylvania State Representative

Nancy JackobsonPAC Director, Democratic National Committee

Daven OswaltExecutive Director to US Sen. William Armstrong

Susan RidgeAccount Supervisor, Fleishman-Hillard

Michael WagnerSouth Dakota State Representative

Terry CampoMember, Board of Trustees of the ACYPL

Daniel CooneyDirector, Washington DC Office, State of Oklahoma

Paul DeGregorioDirector of Elections, County of St. Louis, MO

Meghan FlahertyDeputy Director, Office of Political Affairs, The White House

Jim GonzalezSupervisor, City and County of San Francisco

Marc GuthrieAssistant Majority Whip, Ohio State House of Representatives

Wayne KingMinority Whip, New Hampshire State Senate

Sara Hope SmithDirector, Federal Relations, Pacific Telesis Group

Greg WaldenMajority Leader, Oregon State House of Representatives

Thomas WatkinsOhio State Representative

Sharon YanagiResearch Analyst, Democratic National Committee

Andrea L. CarrollCommunications Director to US Rep. Bill Alexander

Carol ChumneyTennessee State Representative

Mike CoffmanColorado State Representative

Holly CorkSouth Carolina State Senator

Angelo GenovaCounsel, New Jersey Democratic Party

Roderick Hastie, Confidential Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, US Department of State

Donna MullinsLegislative Director to US Rep. Dean Gallo

Trevor PotterCommissioner, Federal Election Commission

Steven RobertsCandidate for Mayor, City of St. Louis

Steven RonnelLegislative Assistant to US Sen. David Pryor

Judy SmithArkansas State Representative

John CaronaTexas State Representative

Jay FootlikDirector of Ethnic Affairs, Democratic National Committee

Mary McCartyChair, Palm Beach County Commission, FL

Pamela NearyMinnesota State Representative

Arnetta OsborneDemocratic National Committeewoman

Christopher RantsIowa State Representative

Douglas SosnikAdministrative Assistant to Sen. Chris Dodd

Gregory ThompsonNorth Carolina State Representative

Mary Anne ThompsonMember, US Small Business Advisory Council

Jeff WentworthTexas State Senator

Donald E. WilliamsConnecticut State Senator

Ralph CampbellState Auditor, North Carolina

Roann DestinoState Representative, New York

Skin Edge IVState Senator, Georgia

Haley FisackerlyOffice of US Sen. Thad Cochran

Darrell HansonState Representative, Iowa

Mimi Mager, District of Columbia Director of Congressional Relations, Washington, D.C.

John MorganState Representative, Maryland

Ronald OttingerBoard of Education, San Diego, California

Eric ReevesCity Councilman, Raleigh, North Carolina

Linda Semans, Trippi, McMahon and Squier, Inc.

Kathleen ShanahanDeputy Director for Economic Development, California