(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, was elected Chairman of the national Council of State Governments (CSG) at the group’s 80th annual meeting this weekend in Kansas City, MO. CSG is a bipartisan professional association serving all three branches of government in 50 states and Puerto Rico. International affiliates include the Provincial and Federal governments of Canada.
Norris is the first Tennessean elected to the national leadership post.
“It is an honor to lead this organization and continue the tremendous work that it has done throughout the United States and North America,” said Norris, who will begin the new post in December. “CSG offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. I look forward to working with my colleagues in finding new solutions to the many challenges we face.”
Founded in 1933, CSG champions excellence in state government. CSG’s region-based forum fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy as states’ advocates within our federal system of government. The organization is based in Lexington, Kentucky and also has an office in Washington, D.C. It has regional offices in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago and Sacramento. Norris served as Chairman of the Southern Region in 2010-2011.
Norris is an attorney with the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP. He has served in the Tennessee Senate since 2000 and as Senate Majority Leader since 2007.