National Association of Secretaries of State Announces Committee and Task Force Leaders for 2016-2017

Appointments to Council of State Governments, U.S. EAC, Uniform Law Commission Also Named

For Immediate Release
July 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the nation's oldest nonpartisan professional organization for state officials, today announced its committee and task force/appointee leadership for the coming year. 

"We have recruited a team of dedicated state officials to build upon the association’s bipartisan record of success," noted NASS President and Connecticut Secretary of State Denise W. Merrill. "They will be leading this organization through the 2016 election cycle to work with the new U.S. President and Congress, as well as governors and state legislators, as we collaborate on issues of mutual interest to Secretaries of State."  

Appointed committee leaders and representatives include:

Standing Committee on Elections
Hon. Alex Padilla, California
Hon. Brian Kemp, Georgia 

Standing Committee on Voter Participation
Hon. Steve Simon, Minnesota 
Hon. Ken Detzner, Florida

Standing Committee on Business Services
Hon. Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island
Hon. Mark Hammond, South Carolina

Standing Committee on Securities 
Hon. William Gardner, New Hampshire
Hon. Delbert Hosemann, Jr., Mississippi

Standing Committee on International Relations
Hon. John Wobensmith, Maryland
Hon. Lauren Vaughan, District of Columbia

Standing Committee on State Heritage
Hon. Matt Dunlap, Maine  
Hon. Tom Schedler, Louisiana 

Standing Committee on Awards 
Hon. Al Jaeger, North Dakota
Hon. Denise W. Merrill, Connecticut

NASS Task Force on Remote Notarization 
Hon. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky
Hon. Tom Schedler, Louisiana

NASS Task Force on Business Identity Theft 
Hon. Paul Pate, Iowa
Hon. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina 

Council of State Governments Executive Board
Hon. Denise W. Merrill, Connecticut
Hon. Tre Hargett, Tennessee

Uniform Law Commission Advisory Board 
Hon. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors 
Hon. Denise W. Merrill, Connecticut
Hon. Tom Schedler, Louisiana

Each NASS committee has bipartisan leadership, with one Democrat and one Republican appointed to serve as co-chairs. 

NASS also has an 11-member Executive Board, which serves as the governing body for the organization. 

All officers, committee leaders and organizational appointees will serve until July 2017. 

A full roster of members for each NASS committee, as well as committee descriptions, may be found online at this LINK

ABOUT NASS: Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Membership is open to the 50 states and all U.S. territories. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. NASS also offers two membership sections for state government professionals: Administrative Codes & Registers (ACR) and Notary Public Administrators (NPA). 


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