Nevada State Senator Tapped to Lead NCSL

smithMinneapolis– State Senator Debbie Smith became the 42nd President of the National Conference of State Legislatures at the group's annual legislative summit.

Senator Smith, a Democrat, succeeds Republican Bruce Starr of the Oregon State Senate. NCSL, a bipartisan organization that serves the nation's 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the country, alternates its leadership between the two parties annually.

"This organization has built such an impressive reputation over forty years and I am honored to serve as president," Smith says, "Having been involved with NCSL for many years, I know firsthand the important role NCSL plays in providing legislators, just like myself, with support, ideas and connections to help us lead in our own states. I appreciate the trust my peers from around the country have placed in me to lead this organization.

Smith became the first Nevada legislator to serve as an officer on NCSL's 60-member executive committee when she was elected vice president of the organization in 2012. Before that, Smith had been actively involved in NCSL for several years, including serving on NCSL's Labor and Economic Development Committee.

"Issues like public education, transportation and health care are transcendent across party lines, and I look forward this next year of working together and seeking common sense solutions to many of the issues facing our states," Smith said.

Smith was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2000, representing Nevada's 30th district. From 2007 to 2009, she served as an Assistant Majority Whip and in 2011 she was named speaker pro tempore of the Nevada Assembly. In 2012, she was elected to the Nevada Senate, representing the 13th district.

Smith lives in Sparks, Nevada with her husband Greg. They have three children and two granddaughters.


Since 1975, NCSL has served as the bipartisan organization serving 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.​

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