August 15, 2013
Oregon Senator Bruce Starr Becomes 41st NCSL President, Pledges to Ensure Voice of States is Heard in Washington
ATLANTA – Following a passing of the gavel ceremony at the 2013 Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Ga., Oregon Senator Bruce Starr is now the 41st forty-first president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Senator Starr, a Republican, succeeds Democrat Terrie Norelli, Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. NCSL, a bipartisan organization that serves all 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the country, alternates its leadership between the two parties annually.
“I am honored to lead an organization as critically important as NCSL. Given the often contentious nature of national politics, NCSL’s role in strengthening and supporting state legislatures is more important than ever,” said Starr upon accepting his new position. “I look forward to keeping NCSL strong and helping to ensure that the voice of the states is heard in Washington.”
“Senator Starr understands the challenges legislatures face, and he has shown through his leadership on a number of key issues that he is an effective leader. NCSL will benefit greatly from having Senator Starr as its president,” said William Pound, executive director of NCSL.
Senator Starr has been actively involved with NCSL for more than a decade, including service on NCSL’s 60-member Executive Committee. Beginning with service on the Elections Reform Task Force formed in the wake of the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, Starr has served the conference in numerous capacities, including chair of both the NCSL Transportation Committee and the Working Group on the Federal Surface Transportation Act Reauthorization. Starr also served on NCSL's Deficit Reduction Task Force and the NCSL Executive Committee's Working Group on Committee Structure and Policy Development Process.
First elected to the Oregon State Legislature in 1998, Senator Starr is serving his third term in the Oregon Senate after serving two terms in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Starr graduated from Portland State University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Prior to serving in the Oregon Legislature, Starr served on the Hillsboro, Oregon City Council. Senator Starr is a small business owner. He resides in Hillsboro, Ore. with his wife and their two children.
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.