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ALEC Appoints New Director of Legislation and Policy


Sandy Liddy Bourne To Lead Policy Department for State Legislators’ Organization


STELLA HARRISON (202) 431-6461

(Washington, DC) – The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest non-partisan individual membership organization of state legislators, has promoted Sandy Liddy Bourne to the position of Director of Legislation and Policy.

For the past five years, Sandy served as ALEC’s Natural Resources Task Force Director and Advisor to the Homeland Security Working Group. She has provided testimony at the state and federal level and has appeared on a variety of radio and television news programs.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Sandy Liddy Bourne as our new Director of Legislation and Policy,” said Duane Parde, ALEC’s Executive Director. “In all her work, Sandy has consistently proven that she possesses the skills, determination, and ability to manage complex issues and diverse constituencies successfully.”

As Advisor to the Homeland Security Working Group, Bourne has facilitated discussions and developed policy and model legislation that has been introduced at the state level in critical issue areas such as drivers license reform, eco-terrorism, emergency health powers, and critical infrastructure protection. As Natural Resources Task Force Director, she has developed two policy projects, the Energy Sustainability Project and the Environmental Health Initiative. Both of these policy projects seek to educate state lawmakers from the free market environmental perspective on issues specific to energy and the environment.

Prior to joining ALEC in 1999, Bourne served as the Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation under Governor George Allen. In addition to her management responsibilities for the department, she acted as the agency liaison with other state agencies on issues related to natural resources and health. Bourne was elected to the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District in 1993 and served one term before joining the Department. She was a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1995. Prior to her political service, Bourne began her career in 1982 as a rehabilitation nurse in Boston, MA and served as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps, USAR from 1986 to 2003.

Bourne was appointed by Governor Allen to the State Board of Nursing and chaired the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She just completed a term as a member of the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services appointed by Gov. Jim Gilmore. She was recently appointed to the Virginia Land Conservation Board by Speaker William Howell. Bourne is an active member of her community having served as Chairman of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. She has a BSN from the College of New Rochelle, NY and an MSN from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is married to MGSGT Bryan Bourne, USMC and has three children.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the nation's largest nonpartisan, individual membership organization of state legislators, with over 2,400 legislator members from all fifty states, and 99 alumni members serving in the U.S. Congress.



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