HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés, along with Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Council of State Governments (CSG) by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).
Founded in 1933, the Council of State Governments is a region-based forum serving all three branches of state government. The organization fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. NASS has a longstanding relationship with CSG dating back to 1935, including member participation in the Henry Toll Fellows Program for leadership development.
"I am pleased to welcome my colleagues to their advisory board positions, where I am sure they will make a significant contribution," said NASS President Tom Schedler, who serves as Louisiana Secretary of State. "These organizations play a significant role in state government policymaking and public engagement, and we know our members will capably advise their stakeholders on the policies and perspectives of secretary of state offices throughout the nation."
Cortés, who served as NASS President from July 2008 to July 2009, has a long history of involvement with CSG. During his previous tenure as Pennsylvania Secretary of State, he was a member of CSG's Governing Board, Executive Committee, and 21st Century Foundation.
"I look forward to sharing best practices and fostering relationships for the benefit of Pennsylvania," Cortés said.
Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Membership is open to all 50 states and all U.S. territories. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs. NASS also offers two membership sections for state government professionals: Administrative Codes & Registers (ACR) and Notary Public Administrators (NPA).
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State