North Carolina State Senator Dan Blue to Lead NCSL


NCSL press release Denver—Senator Dan Blue of North Carolina became the 45th president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the Executive Committee meeting last week in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Blue, a Democrat, succeeds Senator Mike Gronstal who was unable to complete his term as president. NCSL, a bipartisan organization that serves the nation's 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the country, alternates its leadership annually between the two parties.

“I have been involved in NCSL for many years and I look forward to continue working with the conference in its efforts to represent all of our nation's state legislatures before Congress and the administration,” said Blue. “There are so many issues that transcend party lines and NCSL provides a forum to discuss solving many of those pressing issues impacting each of our states.”

Blue was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representative in 1980 and in 1991 became speaker of the House. He left briefly in 2002 but returned to the House in 2006. He now serves as the Democratic Leader in the North Carolina Senate. 

Blue is no stranger to NCSL and once served as president for the 1998-1999 conference year. In May 2016, Blue was appointed by the NCSL Executive Committee to fill the vacancy of NCSL immediate past president and to serve as the president of the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures.

Blue resides in Raleigh with his wife, the former Edna Earle Smith. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.


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.