NASHVILLE — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, will chair the national Council of State Governments (CSG) beginning in 2014 following his unanimous election in Austin, Texas this week.
CSG is the bipartisan professional association which is the only national organization serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. International affiliates include the Provincial and Federal governments of Canada.
Norris is the first Tennessean elected to the national leadership post.
“I am honored to assume this responsibility and look forward to continuing our work throughout the United States and North America,” said Norris, who will serve next year as Chair-elect under Senator Gary Stevens of Alaska who was also elected to serve as 2013 Chairman. “State governments face many challenges, and CSG is frequently on the front lines with solutions.”
Norris is an attorney with the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP. He has served in the Tennessee Senate since 2000 and as Senate Majority Leader since 2007.
Founded in 1933, CSG’s region-based forum fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.
The organization is based in Lexington, Kentucky and also has an office in Washington, D.C. It has regional offices in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago and Sacramento. Norris served as Chairman of the Southern Region in 2010-2011.