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04 August 2008

Secretary of State, State Senator Elected to Positions on National Stage

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and state Senator Don Balfour (R - Snellville) recently were elected to prominent positions within two national organizations thus raising the stature and influence of the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

Karen Handel, Georgia's first Republican Secretary of State, was elected as the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Vice-President for the Southern U.S. Region. As Vice-President for the Southern Region, Handel will represent 14 states and Washington, D.C. on the NASS Executive Committee and promote the association’s activities throughout the regions, including its initiatives on election administration, business services, securities, international relations and state archives.

"I am honored that my colleagues elected me to represent the Southern Region," Secretary Handel said. "I look forward to working with the region’s Secretaries of State and state and federal elected officials to promote transparency in government and create responsible, ethical public policy."

State Sen. Don Balfour, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, was named president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Balfour will serve as president of the organization in 2009.

"It is a great honor for me to serve as president of one of the most influential legislative organizations in the country," said Balfour, who is chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. "I have enjoyed serving as vice president this past year, and I look forward to stepping into my role as president to help further the success of NCSL." [Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Balfour on track to lead nation's state legislators", August 4, 2008]