Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, speaks at the GOP Central Committee meeting at Salt Lake Community College Sandy Campus in Sandy on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

SEATTLE — Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, was named president of the National Conference of State Legislatures on Thursday at the annual meeting of the organization for lawmakers and their staffs.

"NCSL has proven to be one of the most valuable resources for state legislatures across the country and I am excited to serve," Bramble said, calling the organization "the prominent voice for states" in Washington, D.C.

Bramble, first elected to the state Senate in 2000, has been involved with NCSL for more than a decade on a number of issues, including taxation and immigration. He was elected vice president in 2013.

Many Utah lawmakers are attending the meeting in Seattle, including Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy. Niederhauser offered congratulations to Bramble on his new role on behalf of the Utah Senate.

"Policy inertia and bureaucracy can be immovable objects, but Curt Bramble is an unstoppable force," Niederhauser said. "I look forward to seeing this dynamic played out on a national stage to the benefit of all 50 states."

Bramble succeeds a Democrat, Nevada State Sen. Debbie Smith, as NCSL president. He is now one of three Utahns leading national organizations representing elected officials around the country.

Earlier this month, Gov. Gary Herbert became the new head of the National Governors Association, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is the current president of the National League of Cities.

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