Contest for creative ideas to modernize government names Sen. Bob Hertzberg one of six winning policymakers nationwide

Southland leader is only California lawmaker to be cited

November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group dedicated to recognizing “smart, pro-growth progressive solutions” by state and local leaders nationwide today named Sen. Bob Hertzberg one of six winning policymakers for his idea to fight climate change through creative energy sharing with other states.

Called the 2015 New Ideas Challenge by NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), the contest champions ideas to modernize government by publicizing innovative solutions to help the economy and create jobs. NewDEAL is a Washington, D.C-based national network of state and local elected officials from 43 states working to expand economic opportunity.

“I’m humbled that NewDEAL is sharing with policy leaders nationwide my plan to allow power users to share across state lines, ensuring greater access to more reliable and less expensive sources of renewable energy to fight climate change,” Hertzberg said. 

The second-annual New Ideas Challenge recognizes progressive, pro-growth solutions developed and tested by state and local leaders across the country. Hertzberg was chosen out of nearly 70 applicants. Hertzberg and the five other winners will be honored today during an awards ceremony and leadership conference in Washington, D.C.  

Senate Bill 155, the bill by Hertzberg, the first former Assembly Speaker to win a Senate seat in 86 years, was one of two bills by the Van Nuys Democrat that NewDEAL selected for consideration.  

The second was SB 8, a tax-reform measure that would impose a modest tax on services, decrease overall taxes for many Californians and give a new tax refund to low-income families, while also increasing funding for education, public universities and infrastructure.

The two honorary co-chairs of NewDEAL praised the network of leaders for offering innovative solutions from the front lines of government during a time of national gridlock.

“Every day, the pro-growth progressive leaders who are a part of the NewDEAL network are championing ideas to modernize government for the 21st century,” Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware said. “These exceptional winners of the New Ideas Challenge have impressed us with innovative solutions to grow the economy and expand opportunity for all.”

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia agreed.

“I congratulate these leaders not only for the results-driven ideas they’re championing locally but also for the ripple effect they’ll create in communities across the country,” Warner said.

The judges were: Anne Andrew, founder and chair of TerViva, a bioenergy firm; Mark Begich, a former U.S. Senator from Alaska; Steve Glickman, co-founder and executive director of the Economic Innovation Group; U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York; Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America; and Angel Taveras, former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island.

In addition to Herzberg, the winners are: South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Cook County, IL Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Texas Representative Eric Johnson; Maryland Delegate Andrew Platt; and Arkansas Representative Warwick Sabin. Governing Magazine today published profiles on each of the winners on their Web site at at the following link:

For more on either SB 8 or SB 155, visit Hertzberg’s Web site at the address below.

Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map HERE or at  After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. More HERE or at


Communications Director
Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Senate District 18
Capitol Building, Room 4038
Sacramento, Calif. 95814
(916) 651-4018 office; 916 834-1128 cell; or



California State Senate Majority Caucus © 2015 | Privacy Policy | Accessibility Statement | Register to Vote