NRECA taps Rep. Emerson to succeed English as CEO
Originally published December 4, 2012
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., will become president and chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, effective March 1, 2013, NRECA announced Dec. 3. Emerson will take over for long-time CEO Glenn English, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Emerson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. She serves on the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Appropriations. Emerson has won recognition for her work on energy issues, including the NRECA Distinguished Service Award. She also serves as co-chair of the Tuesday Group (an informal caucus of approximately 50 moderate Republican House members), is a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and holds a position on the board of the Congressional Hunger Center. She is the first Republican woman from Missouri to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Emerson graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and held executive roles in communications and government affairs with the National Restaurant Association and the American Insurance Association before being elected to the first of nine terms in Congress.
"Her background as a member of Congress and a trade association executive—coupled with her extensive knowledge of the issues facing electric cooperatives and rural America—make Jo Ann eminently qualified to lead NRECA and represent the interests of our members," said NRECA Board President Mike Guidry. "The respect she has from both sides of the aisle and her proven ability to bridge political and policy divides and find common ground will serve NRECA well."
"I am not leaving Congress because I have lost my heart for service—to the contrary—I see a new way to serve," Emerson said. "I did not go seeking this opportunity, but I am excited about the new challenge it offers to find ways to promote strong rural policy."
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