Rep. Akbari Selected for Canadian Tour as a “Rising State Leader”

One of seven U.S. legislators chosen, had just hosted a “Memphis for Hillary” rally.



Rep. Akbari (top,left) overseeig "Memphis for Hillary" rally on Saturday; participants included (bottom, from left) state Rep. Antonio Parkinson, London Lamar, state Senator Sara Kyle, and Alvin Crook. - JB
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  • Rep. Akbari (top,left) overseeig "Memphis for Hillary" rally on Saturday; participants included (bottom, from left) state Rep. Antonio Parkinson, London Lamar, state Senator Sara Kyle, and Alvin Crook.
Fresh from serving as host for a “Memphis for Hillary” rally held on Saturday in a Southeast Memphis storefront owned by her family, state Representative Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) is in Canada this week, guest of the Embassy of Canada, which selected her and seven other legislators from the United States for a week-long “Rising State Leaders Program.”

The program was begun in 2006 with the goal of facilitating understanding between the two neighbor countries on business, trade, and cultural matters. The 2015 program, focusing on eastern Canada. will take legislators to Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. It began on Sunday and will continue through Saturday.

(See press release below for  more information on the program.)

Following the death of longtime legislative eminence Lois DeBerry in 2013, Akbari won a special election to represent DeBerry’s District 91 House seat in the Tennessee General Assembly. She was easily reelected to full term in her own right last year.

A member of the House Criminal Justice Committee and Subcommittee, Rep. Akbari also serves on the House Education Instruction and Program Committee, where she closely monitors the effect on Memphis public schools of various state programs. She has sponsored several pieces of legislation designed to safeguard the structure of Memphis schools during a period of rapidly imposed innovations at the state level.

Akbari One of Eight Selected for Rising Leaders Program
Promises to work with Canadian Embassy to create Memphis jobs

Memphis, TN—State Representative Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) was recently selected to participate in the ‘Rising State Leaders Program’ which is taking place on June 7th-13th. The program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is sponsored by the Embassy of Canada. Akbari was one of only eight legislators selected from the United States.

“It’s an extraordinary honor to be chosen for this program,” said Representative Akbari. “I want to thank the Embassy of Canada, Consul General Louise Blais and especially Memphis’ own Leigh Shockey, an honorary Canadian Consul General, for inviting me to participate.”

The ‘Rising State Leaders Program’ was started in 2006 to facilitate a better understanding of business, trade and culture between the United States and Canada. Applications for the program are not accepted; instead participant selection is made jointly by the Canadian Embassy and the Consular General. The 2015 program will take legislators to Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia to foster a deeper understanding of Eastern Canada.
“Canada is such an important trading partner not just for Tennessee, but for the city of Memphis. While on this exchange, I hope to foster the unique relationship between Canada and Memphis, so we can continue to increase trade between our businesses and create more stable, good paying jobs for this area.”

Canada is currently the number one trading partner for the state of Tennessee, supporting 160,000 Tennessee jobs and $8.7 billion in state exports. Memphis’ own Canadian National Intermodal Yard in southwest Memphis provides a direct line for trade between the port of New Orleans and Halifax, Prince Rupert and Vancouver. This center employees hundreds of Memphians and provides for the export of many Tennessee grown agriculture products.

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