Aug. 16, 2012
Assemblywoman Smith Elected NCSL Vice President
Nevada lawmaker poised to become national organization's president in two years.
DENVER – Nevada Assemblywoman Debbie Smith was elected vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers and legislative staff. She took office at NCSL's Legislative Summit in Chicago on Aug. 9.
Assemblywoman Smith will serve one year as vice president, ascend to president-elect the following year, and then become president at the Legislative Summit in 2014. NCSL leadership alternates between parties every year. Assemblywoman Smith is the first Nevada legislator to serve as an officer on NCSL’s executive committee.
“As legislators, we are tuned in to the needs of our constituents and sensitive to the issues facing states and our nation,” said Smith. “Representing the interests of all states, NCSL takes a bipartisan approach to problem solving and provides a forum for constructive dialogue. I look forward to working with NCSL to develop innovative solutions for our future.”
A Democrat, Smith has served Nevada’s 30th Assembly district since 2000, currently as the speaker pro tempore and chairman of the Ways & Means Committee. Smith has been actively involved in NCSL for several years, including service on NCSL’s 60-member Executive Committee and as vice chair of NCSL’s Budgets and Revenue Committee. She has also served on NCSL’s Labor and Economic Development Committee.
Nevada is one of 15 states with term limits for legislators and Smith boasts an extensive legislative record. She has served as chair of the Assembly’s Joint Interim Committee on Finance, chair of the Subcommittee on K-12 Education and Higher Education, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and vice chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Retirement and Benefits. In her community, Smith has served as a board member of the Education Collaborative and the Angel Kiss Foundation. She is also a past president of the Nevada Parent Teacher Association.
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.