Sen. Pamela Gorman has been selected to serve on the governing body of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which lobbies the federal government on behalf of the states.
Gorman, who recently resigned her leadership position in the Senate majority caucus, will serve as chairwoman of the 2009-2010 NCSL standing committees.
NCSL has 12 standing committees, which develop policy on state-federal issues that guide the group’s lobbying efforts in the nation’s capital.
By virtue of her position, Gorman also becomes a member of the NCSL executive committee. The executive committee supervises and controls the group’s affairs, committees and publications.
“With the startling direction this Congress is taking, it is more important than ever for state lawmakers to be active in organizations such as NCSL where states’ rights are a priority,” Gorman stated in a news release. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the state of Arizona through my position with NCSL.”
NCSL president Don Balfour, a state senator from Georgia, said Gorman’s participation in NCSL over the years has been a “key part of the organization’s success.”
Gorman, a Republican from Anthem, resigned her position as whip of the Senate majority caucus recently due to clashes with colleagues over a proposal to ask voters to approve a temporary sales tax hike. Gorman opposes the proposal.