GLLC Leadership

GLLC officers and members of the Executive Committee are elected for terms of two years. Elections take place at the GLLC Annual Meeting in even-numbered years. Past chairs and the chairs of any committees or task forces serve as ex-officio members of the Executive Committee.


GLLC Officers

Rep. Robyn Gabel, Illinois

Chair

Rep. Gabel has been a GLLC leader since first being elected to the Executive Committee in 2012. She is serving her first term as chair, having been vice chair in 2019-2020. Rep. Gabel was a member of the GLLC’s Task Force on Lead.

Rep. Jennifer Schultz, Minnesota

Vice Chair

Rep. Schultz served two terms as Minnesota’s elected representative on the Executive Committee prior to being elected vice chair to serve in 2021-2022. She was a member of the GLLC’s Task Force on Lead.


Members of the Executive Committee

Rep. Sonya Harper, Illinois

Executive Committee Member Representing Illinois

Rep. Harper is serving her first term as a member of the GLLC’s Executive Committee. She has been a member of the GLLC since 2016.

Rep. David Abbott, Indiana

Executive Committee Member Representing Indiana

Rep. Abbott is serving his first term on the Executive Committee. In 2019, he was part of the inaugural class of Birkholz Fellows and now serves on the GLLC’s Task Force on Nutrient Management.

Rep. Joe Tate, Michigan

Executive Committee Member Representing Michigan

Rep. Tate is serving his first term as a member of the GLLC’s Executive Committee. He joined the GLLC in 2019.

Sen. Carrie Ruud, Minnesota

Executive Committee Member Representing Minnesota

Sen. Ruud is serving her second term as Minnesota’s elected representative on the Executive Committee. She was a Birkholz Fellow in 2019 and was member of the GLLC’s Task Force on Lead and the Task Force on Nutrient Management.

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, New York

Executive Committee Member Representing New York

Assemblyman Walczyk is serving his first term representing New York on the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Task Force on Nutrient Management.

Rep. Michael Sheehy, Ohio

Executive Committee Member Representing Ohio

Rep. Sheehy is serving his second term on the Executive Committee. He was a member of the inaugural class of Birkholz Fellows in 2019, served on the Birkholz Institute Steering Committee, served on the Task Force on Lead, and is a member of the Task Force on Nutrient Management.

MPP Jennifer French, Ontario

Executive Committee Member Representing Ontario

MPP French has been a GLLC member since 2018 and is serving her second term on the Executive Committee. A member of the inaugural class of Birkholz Fellows, MPP French served on the Task Force on Nutrient Management and previously served on the Task Force on Lead.

Rep. Curt Sonney, Pennsylvania

Executive Committee Member Representing Pennsylvania

Rep. Sonney has represented Pennsylvania on the Executive Committee since 2012. He was a member of the GLLC’s Task Force on Lead.

MNA Gilles Bélanger, Québec

Executive Committee Member Representing Québec

MNA Bélanger was elected to the Executive Committee in 2018. He represented Québec at the inaugural Birkholz Institute and is a member of the GLLC’s Task Force on Nutrient Management.

Rep. Nick Milroy, Wisconsin

Executive Committee Member Representing Wisconsin

A GLLC member since 2013, Rep. Milroy is serving his second term as a member of the Executive Committee.

Sen. Ed Charbonneau, Indiana

Past Chair

Sen. Charbonneau served as chair in 2019-2020. A GLLC member since 2012, he served on the GLLC’s Task Force on Lead and the Task Force on Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day. He now serves ex-officio on the Executive Committee.

Sen. Ann Rest, Minnesota

Past Chair

Sen. Rest was the first chair of the Caucus to be elected by the members following the adoption of rules in 2011. She served two terms from 2013-2016. Sen. Rest was a member of the GLLC’s Task Force on Lead, served on the Birkholz Institute Steering Committee in 2019, and, as past chair, serves ex-officio on the Executive Committee.

Sen. André Jacque, Wisconsin

Chair, Task Force on Nutrient Management

Sen. Jacque has been a member of the GLLC since 2017. He served on the Birkholz Institute Steering Committee in 2019 and participated in the institute as a Birkholz Fellow. As chair of the GLLC’s Task Force on Nutrient Management, Sen. Jacque serves ex-officio on the Executive Committee.