Nevada Lawmaker Elected Vice President Of National Legislative Organization

CARSON CITY – Nevada Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, D-Sparks, has been elected vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers and legislative staff. She took office at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Chicago on Aug. 9.

Nevada Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, D-Sparks.

Smith will serve one year as vice president, ascend to president-elect the following year, and then become president at the Legislative Summit in 2014. NCSL leadership alternates between parties every year. Smith is the first Nevada legislator to serve as an officer on NCSL’s Executive Committee.

“As legislators, we are tuned in to the needs of our constituents and sensitive to the issues facing states and our nation,” Smith said. “Representing the interests of all states, NCSL takes a bipartisan approach to problem solving and provides a forum for constructive dialogue. I look forward to working with NCSL to develop innovative solutions for our future.”

Smith has served Nevada’s 30th Assembly District since 2000, currently as the speaker pro tempore and chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee. Smith has been actively involved in NCSL for several years, including service on NCSL’s 60-member Executive Committee and as vice chair of NCSL’s Budgets and Revenue Committee. She has also served on NCSL’s Labor and Economic Development Committee.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories.