National Association of Secretaries of State Names Committee Leaders for 2015-2016

NASS President Tom Schedler of Louisiana Announces Bipartisan Slate to Guide Discussions on Key Member Issues

For Immediate Release
July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) today announced the appointment of new committee chairs for 2015-2016.

"I am grateful to our committee leaders for sharing their expertise on issue areas of national importance to our members," remarked NASS President and Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who named the bipartisan slate of state officials. "Together, we will pursue our recipe for success, which includes: governing with excellence, unwavering public engagement, modernizing elections, building business and economic growth and operating with accountability."

The following Secretaries of State have agreed to serve as NASS committee leaders during the 2015-2016 cycle:

Standing Committee on Elections
Hon. Wayne Williams, Colorado Secretary of State
Hon. Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State

Standing Committee on Voter Participation
Hon. John Merrill, Alabama Secretary of State
Hon. Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Secretary of State

Standing Committee on Business Services
Hon. Jeffrey Bullock, Delaware Secretary of State
Hon. Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State

Standing Committee on Securities 
Hon. Barbara Cegavske, Nevada Secretary of State
Hon. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State

Standing Committee on International Relations
Hon. Alison Lundergan-Grimes, Kentucky Secretary of State
Hon. Ed Murray, Wyoming Secretary of State

Standing Committee on State Heritage
Hon. Jeanne Atkins, Oregon Secretary of State 
Hon. Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State

Standing Committee on Awards 
Hon. Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State
Hon. Al Jaeger, North Dakota Secretary of State

Committee leadership assignments are based upon member interest and participation, as well as criteria established by NASS bylaws. 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. National officers were elected by full member voteon July 12, 2015 at the NASS summer conference in Portland, Maine.

All officers and committee leaders will serve until July 2016.

A full roster of members for each NASS committee, as well as committee descriptions, may be found on the NASS website 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. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs. The organization also offers two issues-based membership sections for state government professionals: Administrative Codes & Registers (ACR) and Notary Public Administrators (NPA).


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