Veteran Oregon senator, Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro, has been named the vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bi-partisan organization that represents more than 7,300 state lawmakers and legislative staff members. He took officer in San Antonio, Texas on August 11 and, after serving one year as vice president, is in line to become president-elect in 2012 and president in 2013.
Here's is what Starr said about his election.
“As legislators, we are keenly aware of the challenges our states and the nation are facing,” said Starr. “NCSL’s strength is in its bi-partisan approach and commitment to representing all the states’ interests. This leadership role is more important now than ever before. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve.”
Starr is in his third term representing Oregon’s 15th Senate district. He 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.
In the legislature here, he has won plaudits as the go-to Republican for transportation issues -- and, that, in fact, may be why he has made his mark at NCSL.