Representative Elaine Bowers named to Leadership Post of National Conference of State Legislatures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Elaine Bowers (R)-Concordia has been named Vice-Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures' (NCSL). Transportation Committee 2011-2012. NCSL President Stephen Morris, Kansas Senate President, made the appointment.

"I am honored to represent the states’ agenda in the continuing debate over the changing state-federal relationship," Representative Bowers said about her new appointment.

The Transportation Committee is one of 12 standing committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The standing committees are responsible for developing policy directives that guide NCSL's states’ agenda on Capitol Hill and within the administration. The directives stress: opposition to unfunded federal mandates, prevention of unnecessary preemption of state laws, protection of state revenue sources, and increased state flexibility in state-federal programs.

“Elaine brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the table with her business background in the automotive industry “said Senator Stephen Morris. "I am pleased that she has accepted the appointment and I look forward to her valuable contributions to state public policy over the next year."

NCSL has just completed an active year in representing the interests of the states in Washington, D.C. including work on introduction of the Main Street Fairness Act, an extension of the Real ID Act deadline, and obtaining over $16 billion in federal assistance to help cover the cost of federal mandates in Medicaid.

Representative Bowers and her husband Charlie have been business owners since 1988 and currently own the Concordia Auto Mart Inc and Concordia Chevrolet/Buick LLC in Concordia, Kansas.

The National Conference of State Legislatures is the bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.