A local state representative will be getting a closer look at public policy issues from a national perspective.

Rep. John Mayfield, a Democrat from Independence, will be the state’s lone representative next month at the 2014 Emerging Leaders of America program at the University of Virginia.

Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel chose Mayfield for the four-day event. Mayfield said he’s humbled by the selection.

“I didn’t think I had a chance in heck,” he said. “I was stunned when I got the letter.”

Mayfield is completing his first term in the General Assembly, and he said there’s been much to learn.

“Well, I think you have to develop relationships with people, and that takes times,” he said. “You have to be willing to compromise.”

His party is in the minority in the House, limiting the amount that can be accomplished.

“So you have to be realistic and realize what you can get,” he said.