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July 8, 2010

Pelosi, McConnell to  Address State Lawmakers

DENVER- U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will speak on the same day at the National Conference of State Legislatures 36th annual Legislative Summit in Louisville, Ky.

Both McConnell and Pelosi are scheduled to speak at a general session that begins at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2010, in the Cascade Ballroom on the first floor of the Louisville Convention Center. The two congressional leaders will discuss the relationship between the federal government and states.

Senator Mitch McConnell  is the longest-serving U.S. senator in Kentucky’s history and is the Senate Republican leader in the 111th Congress. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues in November 2008 as the 15th Senate Republican leader, and he is only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi  represents California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives, a position she’s held since 1987. Pelosi was elected by her colleagues in the fall of 2002 as the House Democratic leader. She is the first woman in American history to lead either major party in the U.S. Congress.

In addition to this candid discussion with Pelosi and McConnell, legislators and staff attending NCSL’s Legislative Summit will have the opportunity to share successful strategies from their states with colleagues on both sides of the aisle. This year’s Legislative Summit is July 25 to 28, and includes more than 150 policy sessions that will provide valuable information, success stories and candid discussions.

All meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. Although registration is required, NCSL does not charge a fee to credentialed members of the media. Please review NCSL media policy before registering. Online registration is open until July 12. After that time, members of the media must register onsite in NCSL’s press room, 113 at the convention center.

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.