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Adams and Reese Special Counsel and Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris was recently featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Capitol Ideas, in which Norris answered 10 questions about his “State Pathways to Prosperity” initiative. He believes states can play a role in helping to ensure residents have the necessary skills to fill the jobs. The initiative focuses not only on education, but also on other issue that might affect an individual’s ability to work.

Norris also discussed his role as Chairman of the national Council of State Governments (CSG). CSG is a bipartisan professional association serving all three branches of government in 50 states and Puerto Rico. International affiliates include the Provincial and Federal governments of Canada. Norris was the first Tennessean elected to the national leadership post.

Founded in 1933, CSG champions excellence in state government. CSG’s region-based forum fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy as states' advocates within our federal system of government. The organization is based in Lexington, Kentucky and also has an office in Washington, DC. It has regional offices in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago and Sacramento. Norris served as Chairman of the Southern Region in 2010-2011.

Norris represents the 32nd Senate District in Shelby and Tipton Counties. Norris has served in the Tennessee Senate since 2000 and as Senate Majority Leader since 2007.

At Adams and Reese, Norris has practiced law since 1980 and is Special Counsel with the firm in the Memphis and Nashville offices. Norris has a diverse civil litigation and business practice.