Council of State Governments

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The Council of State Governments
The Council of State Governments logo.png
Abbreviation CSG
Motto Sharing capitol ideas
Formation 1933
Founder Henry Wolcott Toll
Type non-governmental organization
Location
Executive Director/CEO
David J. Adkins
Website www.csg.org

The Council of State Governments, or (CSG), is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization in the United States that serves all three branches of state government. Founded in 1933 by Colorado state Sen. Henry W. Toll, CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.[1]

The CSG National Headquarters is located in Lexington, Kentucky, but the council also operates regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Sacramento, California. CSG maintains an office in Washington, D.C. that monitors federal government activities and their impact on state issues and programs.

CSG produces several publications that inform the nation’s public servants on a range of policy issues. CSG publications include Capitol Ideas, a bimonthly magazine, and The Current State, a weekly e-newsletter. The Book of the States, published annually since 1935, provides comprehensive data and analyses about state governments and their operations.[2] The Shared State Legislation, or SSL, program compiles legislation on topics of current importance to states into an annual volume.[3]

As a national organization with a regional focus, The Council of State Governments is committed to providing its members with unique opportunities for personal and professional growth at the regional and national levels. Leadership development opportunities with CSG include the annual Henry Toll Fellowship Program, which brings together some of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of government for an intensive program designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities.[4] Leadership development programs offered in each of the CSG regions—East, Midwest, South and West—are designed to equip talented state policymakers with the skills and strategies to meet the challenges they face in their states and regions.

Other CSG services include policy academies, research briefs, webinars and annual conferences and meetings at the national and regional levels.

The CSG Justice Center, which is based in New York City and has offices across the country, provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies—informed by available evidence—to increase public safety and strengthen communities.[5]

CSG national leadership includes a governor, who serves as the national president, and a member of a state legislature, who serves as national chair. CSG regions are chaired by state legislators.

CSG membership includes 56 U.S. states and territories; six Canadian provinces also partner with the council. Annual dues are paid by each state and territory to support the council’s operations. In addition, revenue is derived from publication sales, registration fees, corporate grants and contributions, and investment income.

History [6][edit]

In 1925, Henry Wolcott Toll, then a Colorado state senator, created the American Legislators’ Association, the forerunner to CSG, which provided legislators with information and opportunities to connect. Toll believed interstate cooperation was imperative for states to maintain control over inherent state issues.

CSG—the only national organization that serves all three branches of state government—was created in 1933. “Probably 12 or 15 of us sat around a table in a small room,” Toll recalled 25 years later. “The Council of State Governments had never been heard of before that day.”

About five years after CSG was conceived, a new building at 1313 East 60th St., in Chicago became the council’s central home. In 1967, CSG and the Commonwealth of Kentucky entered into an agreement that provided CSG with a headquarters building in Lexington, Kentucky. The building was dedicated on June 9, 1969. In 1993, the state financed the construction of a second building to facilitate the council’s continued growth.

Some CSG services have been offered since the early years. The Book of the States, which provides comprehensive data and analysis about state governments and their operations, was first published in 1935. State Government News, which later became the CSG bimonthly magazine, Capitol Ideas, was first published in 1958.

The Eastern Regional Conference was established in 1937. CSG opened a Washington, D.C. office in 1938. The Midwestern Legislative Conference was established in 1945. Both the Southern Conference—now the Southern Legislative Conference—and the Western Regional Conference—now CSG West—were established in 1947. In 2006, the CSG Justice Center was formed.

The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship program, a leadership development program for state officials, was established in 1986.

Timeline[6][7][edit]

  • 1925 – The American Legislators' Association was established in Denver, CO
  • 1930 – The headquarters of the American Legislators' Association moved to Chicago, IL
  • 1935 – The Council of State Governments (CSG) was established
  • 1937 – The Eastern Regional Conference (ERC) was established as the eastern regional office of CSG
  • 1938 – CSG opened a Washington D.C. office
  • 1945 – The Midwestern Legislative Conference (now a part of CSG Midwest) is established as the midwestern regional office of CSG
  • 1947 – The Southern Conference (now the Southern Legislative Conference) and the Western Regional Conference (now known as CSG West) are established to support CSG's work in the southern and western regions
  • 1969 – The CSG headquarters were moved to Lexington, KY
  • 1986 – The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship, a leadership development program for state officials was established
  • 2006 – The CSG Justice Center was formed out of the ERC justice program
  • 2015 – CSG rededicates its national headquarters after a $5.5 million renovation to the original headquarters building [8]
  • 2016 – CSG changes address to 1776 Avenue of the States

Regional offices[edit]

CSG has 6 offices across the country including 4 regional offices, a federal affairs office in Washington D.C., and the headquarters office in Lexington, KY.[1]

CSG Headquarters 
CSG West 
CSG Midwest 
CSG South (SLC) 
CSG East (ERC) 
Region Headquarters U.S. States U.S. Territories Associate Members Website
CSG West Sacramento Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Alberta, British Columbia CSG West
CSG Midwest Chicago Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario CSG Midwest
CSG South (also known as Southern Legislative Conference) Atlanta Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia CSG SLC
CSG East (also known as Eastern Regional Conference) New York City Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C. New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec CSG ERC

Justice Center[edit]

CSG Justice Center logo and motto.png

On December 3, 2006, The Council of State Governments' Governing Board voted to transform the Eastern Regional Conference’s (CSG/ERC) criminal justice program into a national Justice Center. The Justice Center’s Board of Directors includes state legislative leaders, judges, corrections administrators, juvenile justice agency directors, and law enforcement professionals, who together represent a cross-section of the senior-level state officials who shape criminal justice policy across the country.[5] The Justice Center is headquartered in New York City with additional offices in Austin, Seattle, Bethesda, and Washington, D.C.

Affiliate Organizations[edit]

Affiliate organizations contribute specialized expertise, information, resources and issues to the overall mission of CSG. In turn, CSG offers a mechanism by which affiliates may tap into CSG's products and services, and a forum for bringing issues to a broader, collective state audience.

CSG Presidents and Chairs[edit]

Year President State Chair State
2016 Gov. Jack Markell Delaware Sen. Beau McCoy Nebraska
2015 Gov. Brian Sandoval Nevada Sen. Carl Marcellino New York
2014 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia Sen. Mark Norris Tennessee
2013 Gov. Jay Nixon Missouri Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens Alaska
2012 Gov. Luis Fortuño Puerto Rico Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler Kansas
2011 Gov. Brian Schweitzer Montana Deputy Speaker Robert (Bob) Godfrey Connecticut
2010 Gov. Mike Rounds South Dakota Senate President David Williams Kentucky
2009 Gov. Joe Manchin III West Virginia Senator Bart Davis Idaho
2008 Gov. M. Jodi Rell Connecticut Rep. Kim Koppelman North Dakota
2007 Gov. Brad Henry Oklahoma Rep. Deborah Hudson Delaware
2006 Gov. Jim Douglas Vermont Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia
2005 Gov. Ruth Ann Minner[note 1] Delaware Assemblyman Lynn Hetrick Nevada
2004 Gov. Frank Murkowski Alaska Sen. John Hottinger Minnesota
2003 Gov. Mike Huckabee Arkansas Rep. Dan Bosley Massachusetts
2002 Gov. Parris Glendening Maryland Sen. John Chichester Virginia
2001 Gov. Dirk Kempthorne Idaho Sen. Manny Aragón[note 2] New Mexico
2000 Gov. Paul E. Patton Kentucky Rep. Tom Ryder Illinois
1999 Gov. Tommy Thompson Wisconsin Sen. Kenneth McClintock[note 3] Puerto Rico
1998 Gov. Pedro Rosselló[note 4] Puerto Rico Rep. Charlie Williams Mississippi
1997 Gov. George Pataki New York Sen. Jeff Wells Colorado
1996 Gov. Mike Leavitt Utah Senate President Stan Aronoff Ohio
1995 Gov. Mel Carnahan Missouri Assemblyman Bob Wertz New York
1994 Gov. Ben Nelson Nebraska Rep. Bob Hunter North Carolina
1993 Gov. Jim Edgar Illinois Sen. Jeannette Hamby Oregon
1992 Gov. Zell Miller Georgia Rep. John Connors Iowa
1991 Gov. Terry Branstad Iowa Sen. W. Paul White Massachusetts
1990 Gov. Michael N. Castle Delaware Speaker Thomas B. Murphy Georgia
1989 Gov. William A. O'Neill Connecticut Senate President Arnold Christensen Utah
1988 Gov. James Martin North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Mary McClure South Dakota
1987 Gov. Richard H. Bryan Nevada Sen. Hugh Farley New York
1986 Gov. Robert D. Orr Indiana Rep. John E. Miller Arkansas
1985 Gov. Charles S. Robb Virginia Sen. James I. Gibson Nevada
1984 Gov. James R. Thompson Illinois Rep. Roy Hausauer North Dakota
1983 Gov. Scott M. Matheson Utah Rep. Timothy J. Moynihan Connecticut
1982 Gov. Richard A. Snelling Vermont Sen. Kenneth C. Royall Jr. North Carolina
1981 Gov. George Busbee Georgia Rep. William Grannell Oregon
1980 Gov. Otis R. Bowen, M.D. Indiana Senate Pres. Oliver Ocasek Ohio
1979 Gov. Julian M. Carroll Kentucky Speaker James J. Kennelly Connecticut
1978 Gov. William G. Milliken Michigan Speaker Bill Clayton Texas
1977 Gov. Reubin O'Donovan Askew Florida Speaker Pro Tem John J. Thomas Indiana
1976 Gov. Robert D. Ray Iowa Sen. J. Harry Michael Jr. Virginia
1975 Gov. Calvin L. Rampton Utah Sen. John J. Marchi New York
1974 Gov. Daniel J. Evans Washington Speaker William J. Lanting Idaho
1973 Gov. Marvin Mandel Maryland Assemblyman Charles J. Conrad California
1972 Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. West Virginia Speaker Ray S. Smith, Jr. Arkansas
1971 Gov. Warren E. Hearnes Missouri Sen. Charles L. Delaney Vermont
1970 Gov. John A. Love Colorado Sen. Charles L. Delaney Vermont
1969 Gov. Buford Ellington Tennessee Sen. Edwin C. Becker North Dakota
1968 Gov. John A. Volpe Massachusetts Sen. Edward L. Marcus Connecticut
1967 Gov. William L. Guy North Dakota Sen. Charles Welch Jr. Utah
1966 Gov. John H. Reed Maine Sen. Albert M. Spradling Jr. Missouri
1965 Gov. Grant Sawyer Nevada Sen. C. George DeStefano Rhode Island
1964 Gov. John Anderson Jr. Kansas Sen. Clarence L. Carpenter Arizona
1963 Gov. Albert D. Rosellini Washington Sen. David Davis Illinois
1962 Gov. Wesley Powell New Hampshire Speaker J. D. McCarty Oklahoma
1961 Gov. Stephen L.R. McNichols Colorado Sen. James J. McBride California
1960 Gov. J. Caleb Boggs Delaware Sen. James J. McBride California
1959 Gov. LeRoy Collins Florida Sen. Elisha T. Barrett New York
1958 Gov. William G. Stratton Illinois Sen. John W. Noble Missouri
1957 Gov. Thomas B. Stanley Virginia Sen. Frank E. Panzer Wisconsin
1956 Gov. Arthur B. Langlie Washington Sen. Robert A. Ainsworth, Jr. Louisiana
1955 Gov. Robert F. Kennon Louisiana Sen. Carleton G. Howe Vermont
1954 Gov. Dan Thornton Colorado Sen. Stanton Hall Mississippi
1953 Gov. Allan Shivers Texas Rep. Elisha T. Barrett New York
1952 Gov. Val Peterson Nebraska Rep. J. Maynard Magruder Virginia
1951 Gov. Frank J. Lausche Ohio Rep. Bernice T. Van der Vries[note 5] Illinois
1950 Gov. Frank Carlson Kansas Sen. John W. Noble Missouri
1949 Gov. William Preston Lane Jr. Maryland Sen. Burton M. Cross Maine
1948 Gov. Horace Hildreth Maine Sen. Charles H. Jenkins North Carolina
1947 Gov. Millard F. Caldwell Florida Sen. John W. Van Ness Indiana
1946 Gov. Edward Martin Pennsylvania Rep. S. Denmead Kolb Maryland
1945 Gov. Herbert B. Maw Utah Sen. C. Petrus Peterson Nebraska
1944 Gov. Leverett Saltonstall Massachusetts Sen. Grant Macfarlane Utah
1943 Gov. Herbert R. O'Conor Maryland Sen. Thurman A. Biddinger Indiana
1942 Gov. Harold E. Stassen Minnesota Sen. Robert C. Hendrickson New Jersey
1941 Gov. Harold E. Stassen Minnesota Sen. Edgar Brown South Carolina
1940 Gov. Lloyd C. Stark Missouri Rep. Ellwood J. Turner Pennsylvania
1939 Gov. Robert L. Cochran Nebraska Assemblyman Harold C. Ostertag New York
1938 Gov. Robert L. Cochran Nebraska Sen. Thomas Vernor Smith Illinois

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First female President
  2. ^ Second Hispanic chair
  3. ^ First Hispanic Chair
  4. ^ First Hispanic President
  5. ^ First female Chair

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CSG Regional Offices". The Council of State Governments. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Book of the States". CSG Knowledge Center. The Council of State Governments. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Committee on Shared State Legislation". The Council of State Governments. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship Program". The Council of State Governments. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "What is the Justice Center?". The Council of State Governments. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Hopkins, Shawntaye (January–February 2016). "From Milestone to Milestone CSG Evolves From the Vision of Henry Toll" (PDF). Capitol Ideas. Kentucky: The Council of State Governments. 
  7. ^ The Book of the States. Illinois: The Council of State Governments. 1937. pp. 8–13. 
  8. ^ "State-funded renovation of national group's Lexington headquarters expected to help with productivity". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 

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