Wabash Student Completes Fellowship with Secretary of State's Office

Contact: AJ Freeney-Ruiz

Indianapolis, IN - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita today announced Abhi Shah's successful completion of the 2005 Indiana Secretary of State Fellowship Program.

"Abhi is an accomplished student with a keen intellect. Abhi's creativity, initiative, and stamina for hard work have made him a valuable addition to our team as we continue our work to make the Secretary of State's office the finest in the nation," Rokita said.

Shah attends Wabash College, where he is pursuing a political science degree and serves as president of the pre-law society. He is also an editor of the prestigious undergraduate legal journal Legalis and is active in student government, moot court, College Democrats, Habitat for Humanity, and the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work for Secretary Rokita. My time as a Secretary of State Fellow has given me an unparalleled view of how state government works and has served as the perfect corollary to my time in Washington, D.C.," Shah said.

Shah cites his work creating an informational brochure about the new Voter ID law requiring photo identification at the polls as being his favorite and most rewarding project with Rokita's office. Shah spent three weeks in each of the Secretary of State's divisions during the tenure of his fellowship with three other Indiana undergraduate students.

Last summer Shah worked as a legislative intern in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Evan Bayh while also taking part in a summer-long institute on political leadership hosted by Georgetown University.

"Working on both sides of the political fence has allowed me to take an academic approach to politics, with an emphasis on public policy. I am thankful to Secretary Rokita for his bipartisan approach to getting things done," Shah said.

Shah has also studied politics and public policy abroad. Last year he spent time on the Mexican and Canadian borders to study the socioeconomic impact of NAFTA, immigration, and border security on those communities most directly affected by government policies. He then studied comparative politics at the University of Westminster in London, England. Earlier this year Shah found himself in the European Union capital cities of Brussels, Belgium and Strasbourg, France where he met with EU leaders to better understand the politics and economics of European integration.

Shah was graduated from Lawrence North High School in 2002, where he was class president and involved in the National Honor Society, speech team, and tennis team. The first in his family to be born in America, Abhi is the son of Kashyap and Yamini Shah.