Jim Condos named head of national organization

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was sworn in today as the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), at their summer conference in Philadelphia. NASS is the nation's oldest, non-partisan professional organization for state officials. Condos will serve the one year-term ending July 2019.

As a member of NASS, Secretary Condos has been very active in promoting voter participation and election cybersecurity. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the U.S. Senate Rules & Administration Committee on behalf of NASS to discuss what the states are doing to protect elections from cyber threats and attacks. Secretary Condos previously served on the NASS Executive Board as President-elect and Treasurer.

Vermont Secretary Jim Condos and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

"I am honored and grateful to my peers for their confidence in me to lead the Association, particularly as we approach this important election cycle," said Condos. "We have a lot of work to do and I look forward to collaborating with Secretaries of State, nationwide, to increase voter access to the ballot box and to protect the integrity of our elections by fending off cyberattacks on our democracy from our foreign adversaries.”

Secretary Condos will be replacing Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who has served as NASS President for the last year. Said Condos, “I want to thank Secretary Lawson for her tremendous leadership as President. It has been an honor to serve on the Executive Board under her stewardship, and I’m incredibly grateful for her exceptional guidance turning the many challenges we have faced this year into opportunities to grow our work and better serve our constituents across the country.”

“Secretary Condos and I have worked closely alongside each other on the Executive Board this past year, and I think he will serve the organization well as President,” said Secretary Lawson. “I have been impressed with his collaborative nature working with our peers from both red and blue states. Our strength as an organization rests within our ability to work across the aisle in a non-partisan manner, and I believe that Secretary Condos will carry this work forward with excellence.”

Condos has served as Vermont's Secretary of State since January 2011, and is the fourth Vermont official to lead NASS as President since its founding in 1904. Vermonters who previously held the post of NASS President are: Deborah Markowitz (2006-2007), James H. Douglas (1986-1987), and Howard E. Armstrong (1956-1957).

Source: Secretary of State 7.16.2018