- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina lawmaker has again been named president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Democratic Sen. Dan Blue of Raleigh this week was elevated to the position leading the bipartisan organization that provides research and technical assistance to state lawmakers across the country.

Blue will complete an unexpired term of the previous president through the close of an NCSL summit in August.

Blue joined the North Carolina House following the 1980 elections and became the state’s first black House speaker in 1991. He left the House in the early 2000s, rejoined the chamber in 2006 and moved to the Senate three years later.

Blue was previously NCSL president in the late 1990s. House Speaker Joe Hackney of Orange County also held the position in 2008 and 2009.

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