- September 13, 2022
- September 17, 2022
As part of its Laboratories of Democracy Initiative, Aspen Germany will host the second in-person meeting of the second round of exchanges in Trenton, New Jersey, United States, on September 13-17, 2022. The project brings together a group of German and U.S.-American state legislators each year to facilitate a values-based discussion and an exchange of ideas about how to tackle current international policy challenges on a subnational level. Besides general transatlantic topics, the core topic of the 2022 exchange is climate and energy.
The visit to Trenton will give the participating parliamentarians the opportunity to meet with representatives of the New Jersey state government, engage in dialogue with experts on climate and energy, visit regional best practices and companies, and exchange ideas with each other. The group will also develop bipartisan policy recommendation for the state level and for transatlantic cooperation, which will be published in an action report at the end of the program.
The first in-person meeting took place in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, on May 10-14, 2022.
The Aspen Institute Germany is excited to welcome the following participants to the 2022 cohort: Barbara Becker MdL (CSU), Member of the Bavarian State Parliament; Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D), Member of the California State Assembly; Hannes Damm MdL (Alliance 90/The Greens), Member of the State Parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania; Representative Anna Eskamani (D), Member of the Florida State House of Representatives; Silke Gebel MdL (Alliance 90/The Greens), Chairwoman of The Greens in the Berlin House of Representatives; Assemblymember Don Guardian (R), Member of the New Jersey General Assembly; Daniel Karrais MdL (FDP), Member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg; Tamara Müller MdL (SPD), Member of the State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate; Senator Marc Pacheco (D), Dean of the Massachusetts State Senate; Senator Ann Rivers (R), Member of the Washington State Senate; Gerd Schreiner MdL (CDU), Member of the State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate; Senator Ryan Weld (R), Majority Whip of the West Virginia State Senate; Christian Winter MdL (SPD), Member of the State Parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania; Senator Andrew Zwicker (D), Member of the New Jersey State Senate.