Contact: Chuck Grimes

August 19, 2009

Phone: (615) 741-1967

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was chosen to serve as Chair Elect of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), the Southern Office of the Council of State Governments (CSG), at the organization’s 63rd Annual Meeting this week.

Norris, who was first elected Majority Leader of the Tennessee Senate in 2007, succeeds South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell who was elected Chairman. He was elected unanimously by his peers from the 16 member states which convened in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this week.

An attorney with Adams and Reese LLP, Norris previously served as chair of the SLC’s Economic Development, Transportation, and Cultural Affairs Committee from 2006 to 2008.

As Chair Elect of the SLC, Senator Norris will assist the Chair in facilitating the general activities of the Conference, guiding the Conference in policy deliberations, and serving as liaison to House and Senate leaders of the member states.

Norris will also host the 65th Annual Meeting in Memphis in 2011.

Senator Norris was first elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2000. He represents the West Tennessee Counties of Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby.

*The Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments was established in 1947 and is composed of the presiding officers and key legislators from 16 southern states. The SLC is a non-partisan, con-profit organization and is located in Atlanta, GA.*

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