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Ward-Pugh Elected Vice President for National Order of Women Legislators

Friday September 16, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jennifer Rosen
Director, Policy & Communications
(202) 293-3040

WASHINGTON, D.C.
– Kentucky Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-Louisville) has been elected Vice President for the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to supporting female legislators.

Ward-Pugh was elected to this leadership position at the 2011 National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) Annual Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa. The NFWL is the membership arm of the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL), which has provided a forum for female elected officials at all levels of government since 1938.

“I am honored that my colleagues from across the nation have selected me for this esteemed position within the Foundation’s leadership. I look forward to building relationships with elected women across state lines and including them in the many important programs and initiatives that the National Foundation for Women Legislators offers,” stated Ward-Pugh. She has made a significant impact in Louisville, chairing a committee that revised the Louisville Metro Code of Ethics and sponsoring the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, creating a renewable fund that helps keep housing in Louisville affordable.

Her leadership has also made an impact at the state and international levels. Through her work with Nourish America and the Kentucky National Guard, Ward-Pugh initiated a partnership which provided 8,000 service members with a year’s supply of free multi-vitamins, and is currently working to supply at-risk, low-income pregnant women with prenatal vitamins crucial to the health of their children. During a January 2011 NFWL trip to India, Ward-Pugh helped create multinational partnerships that will lead to providing safe, clean water to Indians. She also fostered relationships with public and private sector officials that will result in a reciprocal delegation of Indian governmental and business leaders traveling to Louisville.

Hundreds of elected women gathered in Iowa August 11-15th for NFWL’s Annual Conference to identify solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing issues. NFWL’s non-partisan environment encourages dialogue and the sharing of information and experiences, enabling women leaders to build coalitions, share the concerns of their constituents, and identify out-of-the-box solutions to the most urgent problems facing their communities today.

“We are so proud of Councilwoman Ward-Pugh and all that she has accomplished,” stated Robin Read, NFWL’s President & CEO. “We are looking forward to her leadership in the Foundation and I know she will make this year one of the most exciting and productive years that NFWL has seen.”

About the National Foundation For Women Legislators, Inc. (NFWL)

Through annual educational and networking events, the National Foundation for Women Legislators supports elected women at all levels of governance. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NFWL does not take ideological positions on public policy issues, but rather serves as a forum for women legislators to be empowered through information and experience. For more information about the NFWL, contact Jennifer Rosen at (202)
293-3040 ext. 1008 or visit www.womenlegislators.org

About Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh

Tina Ward-Pugh was elected to serve on the inaugural Louisville Metro Council in November 2002 and has won re-election twice. Known and respected for her bipartisan approach to problem-solving and her desire to get things done, Councilwoman Ward-Pugh currently serves as Chair of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. She is also a member of the Energy and Environment, Transportation, Bridges and Public Works and Budget Committees. She will hold her office as Vice President of the NFWL through November 2012. For more information about Tina Ward-Pugh, contact Kyle Ethridge at (502) 574-1109 or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroCouncil/Members/09

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