FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu
(702) 486-6982 / 334-7953
(Carson City, NV; July 18, 2012) – Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller now serves as the 2012-2013 president for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) following yesterday’s induction of national officers during the annual summer conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“It's an honor and a humbling opportunity to lead NASS, this nation's oldest organization of major elected officials,” said Miller. “The secretaries of state across the country are some of the best positioned officials to promote non-partisan, good government. At a time like this in our country, as we prepare for a national election, our responsibilities as chief elections officers in our respective states become all the more significant. I am particularly aware of the importance of the election-related issues because of Nevada's role as a ‘swing state’ in this year's election. I look forward to taking an active leadership role in addressing the myriad issues NASS will face in the coming year.”
Miller will serve as president through July 2013, marking only the second time in the association’s 108-year history that a Nevada secretary of state has held the position. As a member of NASS, Secretary Miller has been involved in presidential primary and election administration issues, civic education, business services and small business development, securities regulation and international relations. He is also a member of two national task forces designed to study business-related issues: the NASS Company Formation Task Force and the NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force, which promotes identity theft prevention strategies among the business community in every state.
NOTE: An air-ready VO/SOT for television stations featuring Secretary Miller is available on the NASS Conference Media Page at this link.
As president of NASS, Miller will lead a slate of executive officers and committee co-chairs who oversee the association's activities for the coming year (through July 2013). The NASS 2012-2013 Executive Board includes:
President: Hon. Ross J. Miller, Nevada
President-Elect: Hon. Tre Hargett, Tennessee
Immediate Past President: Hon. Beth Chapman, Alabama
Treasurer: Hon. Kate Brown, Oregon
Secretary: Hon. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina
Eastern Region Vice President: Hon. Jeffrey Bullock, Delaware
Southern Region Vice President: Hon. Brian Kemp, Georgia
Midwestern Region Vice President: Hon. Jon Husted, Ohio
Western Region Vice President: Hon. Linda McCulloch, Montana
At Large - ACR Liaison: Hon. Ken Bennett, Arizona
At Large - NPA Liaison: Hon. John McDonough, Maryland
The association also announced today that its members have selected Miller’s nominee, victims' rights advocate and creator/host of the television show “America's Most Wanted” John Walsh, as the recipient of the 2012 Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for acts of political courage. Walsh will be honored for his tireless efforts to help missing and exploited children, which include his founding of the Adam Walsh Resource Center (later merged with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) and lobbying efforts on behalf of crime victims. Walsh's efforts to lobby Congress resulted in the passage of two federal acts and the creation of a national database on missing children, as well as a national hotline to report/help locate missing children.
Walsh will be invited to receive the NASS award at the association's January 2013 winter meeting in Washington, DC.
Miller’s father, former Nevada Governor Bob Miller, was sworn in as chairman of the National Governors Association during the 1996 conference also in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the United States. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. For more on NASS, please visit www.nass.org.