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March 1, 2011

Norelli Elected Vice President of NCSL

New Hampshire representative poised to become organization’s president in 2012.

Denver- New Hampshire Representative Terie Norelli was elected vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers.

Leadership of the organization alternates between parties every year. Representative Norelli will serve as vice president until August, then will ascend to president-elect. In August 2012 she will become president.

“I look forward to serving my colleagues across the nation as vice president of NCSL,” Representative Norelli said. “This organization does important work for every citizen in each of our districts. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

Norelli has been actively involved in NCSL. As the voice of state legislatures within our nation’s federal system of government, NCSL is poised to tackle many challenges in the next few years.

Norelli co-chairs 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 procedures.

Representative Terie Norelli  is serving her eighth two-year term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was recently elected as the House minority leader. Norelli served two terms as the speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the only Democrat to serve in the post in nearly 100 years and the second female to serve as speaker.
First elected to the legislature in 1996, Norelli has served 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 also has served on the Public Works Committee and on the Finance Committee, and chaired both the House Rules Committee and the Joint Facilities Committee.

Representative Norelli’s selection fills a vacancy in NCSL’s office of vice president created by the 2010 defeat of Tennessee Representative Mark Maddox. Maddox served as vice president of NCSL from July 28, 2010, through Nov. 3, 2010, leaving the office when his term in the Tennessee House expired. Representative Norelli was chosen by the NCSL Executive Committee to fill out the remainder of Maddox’s term and succeed to the office of president-elect in August 2011.

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.