Nevada Governor, New York Senator Will Lead CSG in 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky.---Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and New York Sen. Carl Marcellino will lead The Council of State Governments in 2015 as the national president and chairman.
They'll be joined in the leadership team by Nebraska Sen. Beau McCoy as chair-elect and Nevada Sen. Kelvin Atkinson as vice chair. Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.
"I am honored to serve as the 2015 Council of State Governments president," said Sandoval. "I look forward to this incredible opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner with my colleagues from across the nation to champion excellence in state governments and advance the common good. I congratulate my fellow leadership team on their selection and stand ready to begin the work to find solutions that benefit our constituencies."
CSG Executive Director/CEO David Adkins said Sandoval's breadth of experience will be an asset to the organization.
"Having served in all three branches of Nevada state government, Gov. Sandoval brings an invaluable perspective to CSG and our mission to promote excellence in government through cooperation among all state leaders," Adkins said.
Marcellino said he is looking forward to working with the CSG leadership team.
"I appreciate the trust my colleagues from around the country have placed in me to lead this great organization," Marcellino said. "CSG has built such an impressive reputation over the years and I am honored to serve as chairman."
As chairman, Marcellino picks an initiative for the organization during his tenure; he has selected to continue the "State Pathways to Prosperity" initiative started under Norris and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the 2014 CSG president.
"I want to thank Chairman Mark Norris for the great work he has done and look forward to working with everyone in the coming year," said Marcellino.
The "State Pathways to Prosperity" initiative seeks to provide a policy and practice framework for states to better address workforce needs and to equip citizens with the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed for the 21st century global economy. The initiative includes a national task force and four subcommittees focusing on child poverty, criminal justice, hunger and nutrition, and military and veterans' concerns.
Adkins lauded Marcellino's leadership in issues related to the "State Pathways to Prosperity" initiative.
"Sen. Marcellino's passion for education will play a vital role in CSG's ongoing efforts to help states find innovative ways to develop a skilled workforce," Adkins said. "He has already demonstrated this passion and leadership not only through his work in the New York legislature, but also as a former educator and valued member of CSG's Eastern Regional Conference."
McCoy and Atkinson recently served as regional chairs for the CSG Midwest and CSG West regions, respectively.
"I'm honored to be a part of the nation's most trusted and well-respected organization helping state governments function," said McCoy. "CSG is poised to play a valuable role in good government well into the future."
Atkinson is the first African-American in line to lead the national organization when he becomes chairman in 2017. The national chair is nominated by members of CSG's regions on a rotating basis.
"I am humbled and honored to have been selected by my peers as the national vice chair of The Council of State Governments," said Atkinson. "As a longtime member of CSG, I have always been immensely proud of my association with the organization due to its stellar reputation for bringing state officials from around the country together for meaningful discussions about public policy. I look forward to partnering with state officials, regardless of their political affiliation, to facilitate multistate solutions for the issues facing our county. I pledge to uphold CSG's values of inclusivity, professionalism and diversity in all that I do in my new role."
The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.