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March 24, 2020

Rainey Center Launches LAMP Virtual Digital Dialogue for State Legislators

By Rainey Center

WASHINGTON, DC – The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy has launched its LAMP: Virtual Series, a collaborative, virtual convening for policy education, leadership development and networking platform for state policy makers. 

The Leadership Alliance for a More Perfect Union (LAMP), a flagship leadership development program from the Rainey Center, brings together state legislative leaders, federal government officials, corporate executives and academic experts from a variety of industries including technology, environmental and national security. Traditional LAMP Forums provide the opportunity for policy makers from around the country to come together and delve into the latest issues of the day. The first LAMP Forum was held in Los Angeles in the fall of 2019 and its second will take place in September in Washington, DC of this year. 

“The LAMP: Virtual series is an opportunity for state legislative leaders to gather regularly, in a virtual space to share experiences, best practices and hear from fellow policymakers on topics ranging from energy and tech to the COVID-19 pandemic,” explained Sarah E. Hunt, Co-Founder and CEO of the Rainey Center. “It is important now, more than ever, to facilitate inter-state policy dialogue.”

“Things are changing so rapidly we don’t know what is going to happen next,” a Texas Representative shared during LAMP: Virtual’s inaugural session.

“Remember, Americans DO innovate,” North Carolina Representative and Co-Chair of the North Carolina House Economic Support Working Group, Jason Saine added. “In North Carolina, we are innovating fairly quickly, finding new ways to share information and solve problems. Programs like LAMP: Virtual are an example of that adaptive response and are facilitating a unique conversation network among legislative peers.” 

The first LAMP: Virtual dialogue took place on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and hosted lawmakers from across the country including Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Kansas and Alaska. The discussion featured Joe Bishop-Henchman, Counsel at McDermott Will & Emery, who briefed the audience on the COVID-19 relief package working its way through Congress. Bishop-Henchman also fielded questions about long term economic recovery and the federal response timeline. 

“While born out of the current challenges facing all of us, we look forward to continuing the LAMP: Virtual Series indefinitely as way to continue to connect lawmakers across state lines,” Sarah concluded.  

For more information about the LAMP: Virtual Series, or upcoming LAMP Forum in Washington, DC contact LAMP Executive Director, Bartlett Cleland at for more information.


The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is a post-partisan 501 (c)3 think tank and leadership development community founded on the values of equality, freedom and a more perfect union. Named for Representative Joseph Rainey, a former slave and the first African-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Rainey Center was founded in 2018 with the goal of empowering the voices of women, minorities and mavericks in public policymaking. For more information, visit or contact

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