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National Association of Secretaries of State Announces New President

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to lead the nation's oldest professional association for state government officials

For Immediate Release

February 18, 2015

Washington, DC - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Executive Board has selected North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to serve as president of the organization, effective immediately.  Marshall replaces former Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, who took office as governor today.

“I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to lead this highly-respected organization of public servants,” remarked Marshall. “NASS is more than 100 years old, and states are now facing challenges that our predecessors never imagined, including issues such as cyber security, business identity theft, digital records management and other tech-driven aspects of policymaking in 2015.”

According to NASS bylaws, a vacancy in the president's position must be filled by an Executive Board member of the same political party affiliation as the former president.  Brown and Marshall are both Democrats.

As the new president of NASS, Marshall will serve out the remainder of Brown's original term of office, ending in July 2015. 

Marshall's selection as NASS President leaves an opening on the Executive Board for Southern Region Vice-President. She will be tasked with appointing another Secretary of State to fill that position.

The NASS Executive Board now includes the following officers:

President:  Hon. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina
President-elect:  Hon. Tom Schedler, Louisiana
Immediate Past President:  Hon. Tre Hargett, Tennessee
Treasurer:  Hon. Denise Merrill, Connecticut
Secretary:  Hon. Jim Condos, Vermont
Eastern Region Vice-President:  Hon. Matt Dunlap, Maine
Southern Region Vice-President:  VACANT
Midwestern Region Vice-President: Hon. Connie Lawson, Indiana
Western Region Vice-President: Hon. Kim Wyman, Washington
Member-at-Large (ACR Section):  Hon. Jeff Bullock, Delaware
Member-at-Large (NPA Section): Hon. Mark Martin, Arkansas

For more on NASS committees and bylaws, please click here.

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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Media contact: Kay Stimson 202.624.3528, or nass@sso.org