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Rural Education, Work Force and Job Training

2019 Ag Chairs Summit
July 15, 2019
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Imperial 5-7-9

Rural Education Efforts | Representative Terry Goodin, Indiana

Rural Workforce and Immigration | Senator Janne Myrdal, North Dakota

Hawaii Efforts at Rural Education | Senator Mike Gabbard, Hawaii

Rural Education: Training to be an Urban Teacher | Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Colorado

Ohio Efforts at Rural Education | Representative John Patterson, Ohio

Rural Workforce and Job Training Session Summary


Jerry Sonnenberg

Colorado Senate

Jerry Sonnenberg has been farming and ranching in northeastern Colorado his entire life. He continues to live and work on the same family farm that both his father and he were raised. He was first elected to the House in 2006, and moved to the Senate 8 years later. [node:read-more:link]

Janne Myrdal

North Dakota Senate

Senator Myrdal was first elected in 2016, she is a farmer and a native of Norway but is now a U.S. citizen. She has been involved in public policy issues since her arrival in the US in the early 1980s. Myrdal also raises and shows American Quarter horses. [node:read-more:link]

John Patterson

Ohio House of Representatives

Representative Patterson is currently serving in his fourth term in the Ohio House. He taught U.S. History at Jefferson Area High School for 29 years also serving as the Model United Nations advisor, coaching teams to many honors. Patterson is a member of the SRL Board. [node:read-more:link]

Mike Gabbard

Hawaii Senate

Senator Gabbard was first elected in 2006 and serves as chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Environment. Besides his extensive experience as a teacher, counselor, headmaster of a private school, college administrator, restaurant owner, and tennis pro, Mike is an accomplished musician/songwriter. He is also the only SARL member with a daughter in congress that is running for president. [node:read-more:link]

Terry Goodin

Indiana House of Representaives

Goodin called “the hardest-working representative at the Statehouse, was first elected in 2000. With a doctorate in education from Indiana University, he is the superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools and raises beef cattle on the family farm. He serves as Chair of the Indiana Rural Caucus. [node:read-more:link]


Mary Gonzalez

Texas House of Representatives

Representative González is serving her fourth term in the House and Vice Chair for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Secretary of the House Border Caucus, and Chair of the House LGBTQ Caucus. She was elected to serve as is the Vice Chair of the national Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs. She is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction- Cultural Studies in Education. [node:read-more:link]