August 11, 2011
New Hampshire Representative Terie Norelli becomes president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures
Representative Terie Norelli of New Hampshire was elected president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the organization’s annual Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas. NCSL is a bi-partisan organization that serves all the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers. Representative Norelli will serve as president-elect for the next year, until she becomes president of NCSL at the 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago, Ill. NCSL alternates all leadership positions between the two parties each year.
"NCSL's collective voice continues to be respected and valued in Washington, and I am honored to work on behalf of all state legislatures. I look forward to ensuring the continued quality of services provided to state legislators to make them more effective, current and in touch with other legislators, particularly during these challenging times,” said Representative Norelli.
Norelli, a Democrat, follows Senator Stephen Morris as president-elect. Senator Morris, a Republican from Kansas, is now president of NCSL. “I am very much looking forward to working with Terie,” said NCSL President Stephen Morris. “I have a great deal of respect for her, and together I know we can be effective leaders on behalf of the 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.”
Representative Norelli has been active in NCSL for several years. In addition to having served as the organization’s vice president, Norelli has been co-chair of the Deficit Reduction Task Force and the International Relations Task Force. She has also served as chair of the Standing Committees and co-chair of the working group on NCSL policy and procedure.
Representative Norelli is serving her eighth two-year term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was recently elected as the House minority leader. Before her current leadership position, Norelli served two terms as speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the only Democrat to serve in nearly 100 years and the second female to serve as speaker. She has received several legislator of the year and leadership awards for her work in the House and was recently elected to a second three-year term on the Board of Directors of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.
First elected to the legislature in 1996, Terie Norelli has served as the ranking Democrat on the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee, where she was the chair of the Clean Air Subcommittee and was deeply involved in the restructuring of the electric industry and reducing harmful air emissions. She has also served on the Public Works Committee and on the Finance Committee, and chaired both the House Rules Committee and the Joint Facilities Committee.
Norelli has long been committed to women’s advocacy, economic and civil rights, and the environment. She attended the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995, and helped to organize follow-up conferences in New Hampshire in 1996 and 2000. Norelli has also served on the boards of local and statewide organizations and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. She is featured in two books about women in politics: “Pearls, Politics and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead” by Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin, and “Women at the Table: 40 Intimate Profiles of Political Women in the Northeast” by Michaeline della Fera.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education at the University of New Hampshire, and was a math teacher at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., before she ran for the legislature. Representative Norelli lives in Portsmouth with her husband.
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.