California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) assumed the role of president of the National Speakers Conference today, according to a news release. Elected on Sunday, Pérez will serve the customary one-year term.
"As Speakers, each of us is privileged to serve the people of our states, and each of us has the opportunity to work with the members of our respective Legislatures to put forward policies addressing the crucial challenges facing our country," Pérez said, "especially on job creation and renewing opportunities for middle class families."
He said he was honored "to work with other Speakers on those critical issues."
Pérez is the first openly gay assembly speaker in the country, and is a longtime advocate of the LGBT community. Since being elected as speaker in 2010, Pérez has sought to reduced the Assembly operating budget in order to direct the savings toward programs in need, according to the release, and to re-establish the California Commission on the Status of Women.
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The NSC was established in 1992. Its annual meeting customarily attracts over two-thirds of sitting Speakers of the House, making it the single largest gathering of presiding officers in the nation.
Pérez will host the 2013 National Speakers Conference Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.
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