From the Office of Senator Cam Ward
October 10 – Montgomery, AL – Senator Ward was appointed to a two-year term as Vice Chairman of the National Council of State Legislatures Standing Committee on Energy, Transportation and Agriculture this week. The NCSL sees Senator Ward as a good fit for this committee because of the energy issues he deals with regularly as a state senator in Alabama.
“I am so proud to have this opportunity to serve the NCSL, to represent Alabama and to learn about how other states deal with these issues,” Senator Ward said. “This is an opportunity for me to both share knowledge, and to learn about issues that affect both our state and our nation.”
In a letter from the NCSL, Representative Terri Norelli (NH), 2012 President and Democratic Leader and Senator Bruce Starr (OR), President Elect and Assistant Republican Leader told Senator Ward: “It is our pleasure to appoint you to serve as Vice Chair of the NCSL Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee for 2012-2014. You will be leading your committee during a period of great challenge for state legislatures- a time when legislatures strive to innovate on dozens of policy fronts and a time of significant challenges for state in the federal system. This NCSL standing committee will serve as an invaluable asset to legislatures around the country on these issues.”
Senator Ward’s work on the Energy-related legislative proposals is what first attracted him to the committee. Being named chair helps to confirm the hard work and forward-thinking legislation Alabama has accomplished since that time. Ward also currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Alabama Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy.
“This is a natural fit not only for me, but for our state,” Ward said. “Energy issues are jobs issues to me. Agriculture is the biggest employer in Alabama, and right here in my district we have the famous Chilton County Peaches. Alabama has more miles of rivers than any southeastern state, we are always looking to expand our port facilities, and I know transportation issues—both public and private—will continue to be important to grow our economy. This is a natural fit for me, and I’m happy to be called to serve.”
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.