The Power of Proximity

Thomas H. Little, Ph.D.

SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research


More than thirty years ago, while I was racing the academic tenure clock at the University of Texas at Arlington, I conducted a study of political friendship patterns in the Senates of Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. The objective of the research (and subsequent papers) was […]

By |August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Seeing Through the Eyes of Another

Thomas H. Little, Ph.D.

SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research


Each summer for the past twelve or so years, I have had the pleasure of spending three days on the historic and beautiful campus of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in Charlottesville with fifty dedicated public servants in SLLF’s Emerging Leaders Program. This […]

By |July 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

America before Titanic

Eric Allen

SLLF Curriculum Development and Research


I don’t know if you tried being 10, and a boy. When I did it the times seemed gentler, which sounds like something my grandfather would say, and when Granddad was 10 himself, everyone knew how to brush, bridle, and clean up after a horse. McKinley was President. No one […]

By |June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Hon. William J. Howell: An Inspiring Tale

by Thomas H. Little, Ph.D.

SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research


Three weeks ago I posted “Millennial Matt: A Cautionary Tale,” the story of former Representative Matthew Wollman of South Dakota. Matthew’s very promising political future was derailed because of a consensual relationship with an adult legislative intern.

Today, I want to offer a more positive tale […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Millennial Matt: A Cautionary Tale

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research


In September of 2015 I wrote a blog I called Leading Millennial Matt. 

In that blog, I referred fondly to Representative Matthew Wollman of South Dakota. I had just met him at SLLF’s Emerging Leaders Program, and felt he represented a new generation of […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

From Tragedy, to Passion, to Action

This past weekend, I had the privilege (and I mean that literally) to participate in an amazing conference hosted by SLLF and the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). Addressing the Opioid Crisis in America: Strategies that WORK!  featured some of the most informed and inspiring presentations and presenters I have heard in […]

By |April 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Caught in the Middle: Majority Leaders Revisited

This June, SLLF will host the fourth annual Conference for State Majority Leaders (CSML) in Honolulu, Hawaii. As we prepare for this meeting, we thought we would revisit a paper that Steve Lakis, Ken Morton and Thom Little wrote after the first meeting three years ago in Atlanta, Georgia. The paper is entitled “Caught in […]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

SLLF and Chinese People’s Assoc. for Friendship Establish Historic Partnership

In December 2015, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a new and permanent partnership between our two organizations.

This partnership is the direct result of an agreement endorsed by Chinese President Xi and President Obama during President Xi’s visit to […]

By |January 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|