The application period for the 2020 CSG 20 Under 40 Award has ended. CSG will accept applications for the 2021 Award beginning January 2021.

The CSG 20 Under 40 Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding work of 20 up-and-coming elected and appointed officials from across the country who not only exemplify strong leadership skills but have also demonstrated a true commitment to serving the citizens of their state/territory.

Nominees for award should have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Ability to engage officials across party, departments, branch and/or state lines in meaningful ways to advance the common good for their state/territory;
  • Provide exceptional leadership to a state project, committee, chamber, commission or special group;
  • Serve as a champion of change and seek to enhance the lives of all constituents within a specific policy area.

Nominees should also:

  • Be an elected or appointed state official from a U.S. state or territory;
  • Be age 40 or younger on December 31.


Nominations for the inaugural CSG 20 Under 40 Leadership Award will be accepted from both the public and private sector by emailing an official letter of nomination to leadershipdevelopment@csg.org.  CSG will then contact the nominee directly with additional information regarding the application process.

 Public officials meeting the above criteria may also self-nominate directly by filling out the online application.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation: At least one of the letters must be from a representative of the applicant’s state government.

  • Current Resume: Resumes are limited to two printed pages.

  • Applicant Questionnaire: Answers to each question should be 250 words or less and typewritten. Questions are listed on the online informational form.

Why did you choose a career in public service?

Provide an example of when you were able to achieve a goal through non-partisan means?

List your top three accomplishments (professional or personal) and why you chose each one.

Recipients of the award will be chosen from all nominee applications received by a selection committee comprised of CSG public sector members and one private sector representative. Award winners will be announced at the CSG National Conference.

The twenty individuals selected for recognition will receive their CSG 20 Under 40 Leadership Award during the CSG National Conference during a special recognition ceremony and will also be profiled in the CSG Capitol Ideas

LEAD SPONSORSHIP | $25,000

  • Acknowledgment as lead sponsor on all marketing materials sent to chamber leadership and all legislators 40 years and younger in all 50 states and U.S. territories
  • Acknowledgement as the lead sponsor during the announcement of the new award program at the 2020 CSG National Conference
  • Opportunity to provide a greeting during the CSG 20 Under 40 Awards luncheon at the 2020 CSG National Conference
  • Acknowledgement as a Platinum Level sponsor of the 2020 CSG National Conference
  • Complimentary registration (for four)
  • Invitation (for four) to awards luncheon
  • Invitation (for four) to the CSG Executive Committee reception at the 2020 CSG National Conference
  • VIP seating (for one) at plenary luncheons at the 2020 CSG National Conference
  • Eligible to have a company representative serve on selecting committee.
  • Advertisement in 2020 Issue 5 Capitol Ideas magazine announcing winners and recognizing your sponsorship

STANDARD SPONSORSHIP | $5,000

  • Acknowledgement as a sponsor on marketing materials sent to chamber leadership and all legislators 40 years and younger in all 50 states and U.S. territories
  • Invitation (for two) to the CSG 20 Under 40 Awards luncheon
  • Verbal acknowledgement at the CSG 20 Under 40 Awards luncheon
  • Visual acknowledgement on CSG 20 Under 40 signage at the 2020 CSG National Conference
  • Acknowledgement as a Bronze sponsor of the 2020 CSG National Conference
  • Complimentary registration (for one) to the 2020 CSG National Conference
  • Advertisement in 2020 Issue 5 Capitol Ideas magazine announcing winners and recognizing your sponsorship

A very special thank you to our sponsors for generously supporting CSG leadership development programs