- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Senate Democratic leader Mike Gronstal has been named president of the National Conference of State Legislatures at the group’s annual legislative summit in Chicago.

Gronstal will provide leadership for the next year for the bipartisan organization that serves more than 7,000 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the country. The group alternates its leadership annually between Democrats and Republicans. Gronstal succeeds Utah Republican Sen. Curtis Bramble.

The NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on pressing state issues.

Gronstal says the organization represents the interests of all states with a constructive and bipartisan approach.

Gronstal, who is 66, has represented the western Iowa district in the Council Bluffs area for more than 30 years.

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