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The Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University is a bi-partisan program that identifies individuals from across the state committed to community service and brings them together to engage in a public policy and leadership curriculum.

The curriculum incorporates practical politics, public policy analysis and process, personal leadership development and effective governance. Since 1992, over 700 MPLP graduates have put the skills and relationships acquired through the program to work in their communities and in statewide office. MPLP Fellows gain the expertise to tackle public policy issues as candidates for office, as government officials or as citizen activists. Most notably, 11 MPLP graduates are now serving in the Michigan State Legislature.

MPLP is a program of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) in MSU’s College of Social Science. The only bi-partisan public policy and leadership training program in Michigan, MPLP is distinguished as one of only a handful of such successful programs in the nation.


September 19, 2023

Martin Announced as Michigan Political Leadership Dinner Keynote

EAST LANSING, Mich., September 19, 2023 – Today, the Insitute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University announced that Jonathan Martin, the Politics Bureau Chief and...

September 29, 2022

28th Annual MPLP - April 2023

The Michigan Political Leadership Program, (MPLP), at Michigan State University is a bipartisan fellowship program designed for those seeking greater...

December 14, 2021

Diverse MPLP Class Named for 2022

​Teachers, legislative aides, firefighter and technical managers step up to lead.

November 30, 2021

Former Democratic Floor Leader Named New MPLP Co-Director

Deputy County Executive Rudy Hobbs is Michigan Political Leadership Program alum.

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