Secretary of State
Grayson Re-Elected to Lead Fellow Secretaries of State

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Director of Communications
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803

(Washington, D.C.)  Republican Secretaries of State from across the country re-affirmed their confidence in the leadership of Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson by re-electing him as chairman of their national association while attending the annual winter meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).  The Republican Association of Secretaries of State (RASS) currently includes 23 members from across the country. Grayson was re-elected to a two-year term.

“The confidence that my fellow Secretaries have placed in my leadership is humbling,” stated Secretary Grayson.  “I look forward to serving as a national advocate for the range of subjects that Secretaries of State face from election issues to business services.”

RASS exists to share ideas, concepts, policies, legislation, administrative acts, or practices of Republican Secretaries of State and Lt. Governors or other state officials who act as Secretaries of State, in their respective states, which reflect the broader principles of Republican philosophy either within their own states, or of the Republican National Committee (RNC), or of a sitting Republican President of the United States.

The Association acts in good faith and with due diligence to ensure that NASS remains impartial, objective, and nonpartisan in its goals and philosophy.  It suggests and proposes programs and policies for consideration of the general NASS membership which may originate from RASS discussions and debates but which advance sound public policy benefiting the public in the various states without regard to partisan politics.

“While we are an organization of Republican Secretaries of State, we firmly believe that elections should be administered in an impartial and objective manner,” said Grayson.

As Chairman, Secretary Grayson will help facilitate communications and cooperation among its members within NASS, local and state party organizations, the RNC, the Republican Governors Association, Republicans in the U.S. Congress, and Republicans in the Federal Executive branch.

As Chairman, Secretary Grayson will help advance many of the issues that have been a hallmark of his administration in Kentucky.  Most notably, he will be a national leader on the effort to move elections into the 21st Century and to make business transactions more accessible through electronic initiatives and the internet.  Kentucky’s own election system has been hailed as a national model with Grayson’s office website recognized as one of the top government websites in the world. 

"Secretary Grayson's re-election as chairman of RASS reflects his strong understanding of issues facing Secretaries across the country and the bi-partisan way in which he works to resolve those issues," said Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.  "His dedication to improving election administration and business services is unparalleled, and RASS could not have chosen a more thoughtful leader to serve as our advocate."

Secretary Grayson is currently serving in a variety of leadership capacities, most notably as co-chair of NASS‘s Presidential Primary Committee.  A former chair of NASS's Elections committee and vice-chair of NASS's committee on voter participation, Grayson currently represents NASS on the Council of State Government's Executive Committee.

Secretary Grayson has been recognized as one of the top young leaders in the United States.  In 2005, he was selected for the inaugural class of the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership which recognizes the nation’s "emerging leaders”.  In 2004, The Council of State Governments selected him to participate in the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program, and United Leaders recognized him as a “Rising Star” in the Republican Party.

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