MANCHESTER, NH – The Council of State Governments’ 2019 national leaders were announced Saturday, Dec. 8, during the CSG 2018 National Conference in Northern Kentucky – Greater Cincinnati, after confirmation by the CSG Executive Committee.
In 2019, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will serve CSG as the national president and New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro will serve as the national chair. Joining Rosselló and D’Allesandro on the CSG 2019 leadership team are Wisconsin state Rep. Joan Ballweg, the chair-elect, and Washington state Sen. Sam Hunt, the vice chair. Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers will serve on the team as the immediate past national chair.
“Our national officers lead CSG’s work,” CSG Executive Director/CEO David Adkins said. “The 2019 team brings passion and proven leadership to their roles and represent a talented, bipartisan cross section of the dedicated public servants who govern the states.
D’Allesandro has served in the New Hampshire State Senate for nearly two decades, representing District 20. He serves as chair of the Capital Budget Committee and is a member of the Finance and Ways and Means committees. D’Allesandro is a former state House representative, and he served on the Executive Council from 1974–1980. D’Allesandro is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps.
D’Allesandro said he’s excited about the opportunity to interact with legislators from around the country.
“To have been selected national chair by my colleagues is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to serving and raising awareness about the significant work being done by The Council of State Governments,” he said.
Rosselló, who was confirmed by the CSG Executive Committee but not able to attend the meeting, has served as governor of Puerto Rico since January 2017. He was formerly a researcher at Duke University, and he founded the political advocacy group Boricua ¡Ahora Es! Rosselló earned a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in biomedical engineering and economics and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan.
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