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American Legislative Exchange Council Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Founded in 1973, ALEC will commemorate 50th anniversary at the National Portrait Gallery

Arlington, Va. – The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will host its 50th Anniversary Gala alongside founders, members, and friends at the National Portrait Gallery tonight in Washington, DC. Founded in 1973, ALEC has brought together state lawmakers, industry leaders, and pivotal stakeholders dedicated to free market principles that uphold limited government and amplify the Founding Fathers’ vision of federalism.

“ALEC stands as an unparalleled force for educating legislators and developing trusted policy solutions for the states,” said ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson. “Tonight, we honor the hard work and remarkable feats of the ALEC family that have changed America’s policy landscape over the past five decades.”

The 50th Anniversary Gala celebration will feature United States Senator Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears of Virginia. As Master of Ceremonies, Hugh Hewitt will host the event along with ALEC National Chairman, Florida Speaker-Designate Daniel Perez and ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson.

In addition to the recognition of their success, ALEC will unveil their prestigious 50 Under 50 list of up-and-coming state legislators.

“ALEC has been recognized as a key incubator of conservative state legislation,” said ALEC National Chairman Daniel Perez. “Tonight, we not only celebrate past success but keep an eye on future victories under the guidance of the best and brightest young leaders from across the nation, who have been named to our 50 Under 50 list.”

Focusing on success in the past, present, and future, the gala promises to be a must-attend event for those who travel in limited government, free market circles. As the organization looks to the future, new initiatives such as the ALEC Legal Center and Board of Policy Advisors will soon be unveiled.

“At ALEC, we champion policy ideas supported by the vast majority of Americans. From empowering parents with choice in education to enabling workers to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks, our members are creating opportunities for all Americans and will continue to do so for years to come. That’s what we’re celebrating tonight,” Nelson concluded.


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