NASS Selects National Officers for 2015-2016

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler Serves Up "Recipe for Success" as Newly-Inducted NASS President

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2015

PORTLAND, ME - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), currently hosting its annual summer meeting in Portland, Maine, today inducted its new slate of national officers for the 2015-2016 cycle. Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler was sworn in as president of the nonpartisan association representing state officials.

During his induction ceremony, Schedler outlined his priorities for the nation's Secretaries of State with a hint of Louisiana culture and flair.

“I knew I wanted the final luncheon to be memorable and for my comments to resonate with my colleagues,” said Schedler. “Nothing gets folks attention like some good, south Louisiana cuisine, so I’m serving gumbo at the luncheon and providing the group my ‘Recipe for Success’ which details our organization’s priorities for 2016.”

Schedler's Recipe for Success includes:

  • Governing with Excellence,
  • Unwavering Public Engagement,
  • Modernizing Elections,
  • Building Business and Economic Growth and
  • Operating with Accountability

Schedler is only the second Louisiana Secretary of State to hold the NASS presidency besides Wade O. Martin, who served from 1947 to 1948.

As a member of NASS, Schedler has been involved in elections, civic education, state heritage, business services and international issues. 

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which hit the East Coast just days before the 2012 presidential election, he was tapped to lead the NASS Task Force on Emergency Preparations for Elections. Schedler testified before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration in September 2013, sharing the findings and recommendations of the group.     

As president of NASS, Schedler will lead a slate of executive officers and committee co-chairs who oversee the association's activities for the coming year. 

The NASS 2015-2016 Executive Board includes the following members:

  • President: Hon. Tom Schedler, Louisiana
  • Immediate Past President: Hon. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina
  • President-elect: Hon. Denise Merrill, Connecticut
  • Treasurer: Hon. Kim Wyman, Washington
  • Secretary: Hon. Mark Martin, Arkansas
  • Eastern Region Vice-President: Hon. Jim Condos, Vermont
  • Southern Region Vice-President: Hon. Brian Kemp, Georgia
  • Midwestern Region Vice-President:  Hon. Connie Lawson, Indiana
  • Western Region Vice-President: Hon. Linda McCulloch, Montana
  • Member-at-Large (ACR Section): Hon. Matt Dunlap, Maine
  • Member-at-Large (NPA Section): Hon. Al Jaeger, North Dakota

The national officers were elected by full member vote at the NASS 2015 Summer Conference, held on July 9-12 in Portland, Maine. They will serve a one-year term, ending in July 2016.

NOTE: An air-ready VO/SOT for television stations featuring Secretary Schedler is available at the link, below. Also featured are: North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

NASS Executive Board Photo:

A full-size, hi-res photo is available at this link:

Pictured (L-R) for caption: Elaine Marshall (NC); Denise Merrill (CT); Alvin "Al" Jaeger (ND); Tom Schedler (LA); Connie Lawson (IN); Jim Condos (VT); Mark Martin (AR); Kim Wyman (WA); and Matt Dunlap (ME). Not pictured: Brian Kemp (GA) and Linda McCulloch (MT).

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About NASS

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. 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.  


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