0501gundersonSteve Gunderson, a former GOP Congressman from Wisconsin who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years, has been appointed as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellows.

Gunderson was the first openly gay Republican to serve in Congress, and is currently President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association.

According to the White House Web site:

“The mission of the non-partisan White House Fellows Program, as envisioned by President Johnson, was in his words, ‘to give the Fellows first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.’”

“The 28 members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships are responsible for recommending a group of exceptional men and women to the President for selection as White House Fellows.”