Senator Mark Norris Named to the Southern States Energy Board Executive Committee

PEACHTREE CORNERS, GEORGIA — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Southern States Energy Board.  The election took place during the organization’s 53rd annual meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi this month.

“Senator Norris was a unanimous selection by our Board members because he is an outstanding and well respected legislative leader on key policy issues facing our nation and the South. His commitment to sound energy and environmental principles and clean, affordable and reliable electricity are indicative of his leadership,” said Ken Nemeth, Secretary and Executive Director of the Board.

Norris has served on the Southern States Energy Board since he was first appointed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey in February 2009.

The Southern States Energy Board is an interstate compact, comprised of governors and state legislators from sixteen southern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as a presidential appointee. The Board’s mission is to promote economic development and enhance the quality of life in the South, through innovations in energy and environmental programs, policies and technologies.
“Providing affordable, clean and diverse energy solutions is key to helping our economy recover and prosper,” said Senator Norris.  “I appreciate the Board’s confidence and look forward to working together to find solutions to the challenges we face.”
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley was elected SSEB’s chairman. The other Executive Committee members elected with Senator Norris are Chairman-Elect – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia; Vice-Chairman – Representative Rocky Adkins, Kentucky; Treasurer – Representative Myra Crownover, Texas; Members – Governor Phil Bryant, Mississippi; Governor Mike Beebe, Arkansas; Senator Robert Adley, Louisiana; Representative Weldon Watson, Oklahoma; and Representative Harry Geisinger, Georgia.Senator Norris is an attorney with the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP and is the incoming Chairman of the Council of State Governments. He has served in the Tennessee Senate since 2000 and as Senate Majority Leader since 2007.

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