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August 9, 2012

New Hampshire Representative Terie Norelli Becomes NCSL’s 40th President

Passing gavelCHICAGO –The gavel of leadership of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has been passed to  Representative Terie Norelli of New Hampshire, who became the NCSL's president during the 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago, Ill., which ends today.

A Democrat, Representative Norelli succeeded Kansas Senate President Stephen R. Morris, a Republican. NCSL, a bipartisan organization that serves all the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers,  alternates all leadership positions between the two parties each year.

"I am excited and honored to work on behalf of all state legislators and staff,” said Representative Norelli. “Because of the politically divisive tone in our country today, it is important to have a bipartisan group like NCSL representing all 50 states and territories. This is what makes NCSL one of the most respected and valued state legislative organizations in Washington, D.C.. I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the country, and the aisle, to strengthen the state-federal relationship.”

Representative Norelli also said she looks forward to continuing the quality of service, data and training, and assistance legislators and staff across the country have come to expect from NCSL. 

“Representative Norelli’s ability to work with legislators from both sides of the aisle will be a valuable asset to the organization and to state legislatures across the country,” said William Pound, executive director of NCSL.

She has held a number of leadership positions within NCSL. Norelli  has been co-chair of the Deficit Reduction Task Force and the International Relations Task Force, served as chair of the Standing Committees and co-chair of the working group on NCSL policy and procedure.

First elected to the legislature in 1996, Norelli is serving her eighth two-year term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where she is House minority leader. Before her current leadership position, Norelli served two terms as speaker of the House, the only Democrat in nearly 100 years and only the second woman to attain the speakership.

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 and Highways Committee, the Finance Committee and the Rules Committee.

Norelli 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. She 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.