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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
August 9, 2012

Oregon Senator Bruce Starr Poised to Become NCSL President in 2013

Senator Starr Becomes Organization's President Elect

DENVER – Oregon Senator Bruce Starr is the new president elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers and legislative staff.  He served the previous year as NCSL’s vice president.

Senator Starr, a Republican, will become NCSL's president at the 2013 Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Ga., succeeding Representative Terie Norelli, a Democrat. NCSL leadership alternates between parties each year.

“The work NCSL does is important to the success of state legislatures across the country. I look forwarding to helping to maintain a strong organization at both the state and federal level. I also look forward to serving my colleagues from across the country as president elect,” said Starr.

As a strong voice of state legislatures within our nation’s federal system of government, NCSL is poised to tackle many challenges in the next few years.

“Senator Starr has a great vision of where he would like to direct his efforts for the organization and legislatures during a very trying time for state government,” said William Pound, executive director of NCSL.

Starr has been actively involved in NCSL for more than a decade, including service on NCSL’s 60-member Executive Committee. He has held numerous NCSL positions, starting with the Elections Reform Task Force formed in the wake of the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election. He chaired the NCSL Transportation Committee and the Working Group on the Federal Surface Transportation Act Reauthorization. He also served on NCSL’s Executive Committee's Working Group on Committee Structure and Policy Development Process, the Public Private Partnerships Transportation Working Group, and the Deficit Reduction Task Force.

Starr is in his third term representing Oregon’s 15th Senate district. He is currently the Assistant Republican Leader and serves on the senate Transportation and Economic Development committee.

Starr lives in Hillsboro, Ore., with his wife and their two children.

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.