Oklahoma House of Representatives
January 30, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Seneca Scott
Capitol: (405) 557-7391
Rep. Scott Named Caucus Secretary for National Legislative Group
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Seneca Scott was recently elected as secretary for the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, a working group of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Rep. Scott, who is a member of the Choctaw Nation, has been involved with the NCSL since 2009. The Native American caucus, which acts as an advisory body for the NCSL on issues affecting Native Americans, consists of 72 members from 17 states, including 24 members from Oklahoma.
“It is such a privilege to represent Native American issues and culture on a national platform, and I am honored that my colleagues in the caucus have elected me to serve in this role,” said Scott, D-Tulsa. “I hope to use this role to encourage partnerships with other states that leverage Oklahoma’s unique position as a national leader on energy, health and infrastructure projects among the various tribes. We have an expertise built on experience here in Oklahoma that we can transplant to other states and regions to benefit the lives of so many more Native Americans.”
Rep. Scott has been involved with several NCSL initiatives during his time in the Legislature, including a partnership to encourage grocery stores to open in “food deserts” in various urban and rural areas. In addition, Scott presented Oklahoma’s Infrastructure Plan this past October at the NCSL CG/LA 4th North American Strategic Infrastructure Summit.
According to its website, the NCSL is “a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories…[providing] research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues…The leadership of NCSL is composed of legislators and staff from across the country.”