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Aug. 15, 2013

Nevada Senator Debbie Smith Becomes NCSL President-Elect

ATLANTA – Nevada Senator Debbie Smith has become the new president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization serving the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff.

Smith, a Democrat, will become NCSL’s president next year at the 2014 NCSL Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Minn., succeeding Senator Bruce Star (R-Ore.). NCSL alternates leadership between the two parties each year. Over the past year, Smith has served as NCSL’s vice president.

“I am honored to serve my colleagues across the country as president-elect of this great organization,” said Senator Smith. “NCSL makes a big difference in the lives of legislators and legislative staff, allowing us to provide the best service possible to our constituents. I look forward to working with Senator Starr and the Executive Committee in the coming year.” 

Last year, Smith became the first Nevada legislator to serve as an officer on NCSL’s 60-member executive committee when she was elected vice president of the organization. Before that, Smith had been actively involved in NCSL for several years, including serving on NCSL’s Labor and Economic Development Committee.

Smith was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2000, representing Nevada’s 30th district. From 2007 to 2009, she served as an Assistant Majority Whip and in 2011 she was named speaker pro tempore of the Nevada Assembly. In 2012, she was elected to the Nevada Senate, representing the 13th district.

Smith lives in Sparks, Nev., with her husband Greg. They have three children and two granddaughters.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.