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Gilmore Elected to Leadership Positions in 2 National Legislative Organizations

Press release from the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus; August 27, 2014:

Rep. Gilmore to serve as President-Elect of the Women’s Legislative Network and a national board member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Representative Brenda Gilmore was honored to receive the support of her colleagues from around the country, having been elected to two key positions within national legislative organizations in the past two weeks.

Rep. Gilmore was elected to be President-elect of the Women’s Legislative Network at the National Conference of State Legislators’ Legislative Summit. Rep. Gilmore has served as Vice President of the organization since 2013.

“As women we are often a majority of the voters but a small minority of the legislators,” said Rep. Gilmore. “By working together to give each other strength and support, I believe we can expand our numbers and give women the voice they deserve in government.”

The Women’s Legislative Network was formally organized in 1985 at the Annual Meeting of NCSL in Seattle and it focuses on issues unique to women, as well as providing trainings to help women legislators better communicate with their constituents.

Rep. Gilmore was also elected to the board of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) at their first ever national issues forum in Minneapolis. Rep. Gilmore has been an environmental leader in Tennessee, having consistently been ranked as one of the top environmentally friendly legislators by Tennessee Conservation Voters.

“Everyone deserves the right to clean water and breathable air,” said Rep. Gilmore. “I have been a staunch supporter of environmental laws that will protect our air and water for those of us here today, as well as future generations to come.”

NCEL was organized in 1996 for the purpose of providing environmentally progressive legislators with an opportunity to coordinate their activities with respect to national legislative organizations, and to share ideas both on affirmative and negative environmental issues.

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Gilmore Named VP of Women’s Legislative Network

Press release from the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus; August 22, 2013:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 22, 2013) – State Representative Brenda Gilmore (D-54) was elected to serve as Vice President of the Women’s Legislative Network at the National Conference of State Legislature’s annual Legislative Summit in Atlanta on August 14, 2013.

“I am humbled and grateful to have received the support of a bi-partisan group of women legislators from around the country,” said Rep. Gilmore. “We have a long way to go in our state and in the country as a whole until women have equal representation in our legislative bodies. As Vice President of the Women’s Legislative Network, I hope to work with fellow female legislators across the country to ensure our voices are heard when it comes time to drafting and passing laws that impact all of us.”

The Women’s Legislative Network was formally organized in 1985 at the Annual Meeting of NCSL in Seattle. The Women’s Legislative Network focuses on issues unique to women, as well as trainings to help women legislators better communicate with their constituents. Rep. Gilmore will serve in this role until the next NCSL Legislative Summit in 2014.