FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 1, 2013

Tennessee State Representative Joe Armstrong Elected as 10th President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tennessee State Representative Joe Armstrong to serve as the 10th National President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), an organization that represents over 600 legislative members from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was sworn into office at NBCSL’s 36th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 2012 and officially begins his administration on February 1, 2013. Representative Armstrong shall serve in this capacity until 2015.

Other newly elected officers include:
Senator Catherine Pugh (MD)
President-Elect
Representative Gregory Porter (IN)
Vice President
Representative Howard Mosby (GA)
Treasurer
Representative Laura Hall (AL)
Financial Secretary
Representative Alan Williams (FL)
Secretary
Senator Hillman Frazier (MS)
Parliamentarian

Representative Armstrong began his political career in 1982 as the youngest member of the Knox County Commission and was elected Vice-Chairman of the Commission in 1986. In 1988, Representative Armstrong was elected to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly. Now serving in this 13th legislative term, Representative Armstrong has served as Chair of the Health and Human Resources committee, Chair of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators, and was appointed to the White House Health Task Force on Health Reform. Throughout his tenure, Representative Armstrong has sponsored key legislation to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the State of Tennessee, including the Meharry Wellness Program, the Tennessee Health Safety Net Program, and the Tennessee Pre-K Program.

Representative Armstrong stresses political participation on all levels of government, believing it is the one true way to improve the quality of life and assure freedom and equality for all. He is often quoted as saying, “Voting is our choice of hope.”

As the National Black Caucus of State Legislators moves from one administration the next, its leadership continues to influence public policy and distinguish itself on a national and international stage. The organization was founded in 1977 to provide a voice for underrepresented and impoverished communities, and continues to do so today.

Congratulations to all newly elected NBCSL leadership!

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