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Council of State Governments

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The Council of State Governments
FounderHenry Wolcott Toll
Typenon-governmental organization
Executive Director/CEO
David Adkins

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization in the United States that serves all three branches of state government. Founded in 1933 by Colorado state Sen. Henry W. Toll, CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.[1]

The CSG National Headquarters is located in Lexington, Kentucky, but the council also operates regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Sacramento, California. CSG maintains an office in Washington, D.C. that monitors federal government activities and their impact on state issues and programs.

Other CSG services include policy academies, research briefs, webinars and annual conferences and meetings at the national and regional levels.

The CSG Justice Center, which is based in New York City and has offices across the country, provides strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.[2]

CSG national leadership includes a governor, who serves as the national president, and a member of a state legislature, who serves as national chair. CSG regions are chaired by state legislators.

CSG membership includes 56 U.S. states and territories; six Canadian provinces also partner with the council. Annual dues are paid by each state and territory to support the council's operations. In addition, revenue is derived from publication sales, registration fees, corporate grants and contributions, and investment income.

The CSG is considered part of the 'Big Seven', a group of organizations that represent local and state government in the United States.

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In 1925, Henry Wolcott Toll, then a Colorado state senator, created the American Legislators’ Association, the forerunner to CSG, which provided legislators with information and opportunities to connect.[3] Toll believed interstate cooperation was imperative for states to maintain control over inherent state issues.

CSG—the only national organization that serves all three branches of state government—was created in 1933. "Probably 12 or 15 of us sat around a table in a small room," Toll recalled 25 years later. "The Council of State Governments had never been heard of before that day."

About five years after CSG was conceived, a new building at 1313 East 60th St., in Chicago became the council's central home. In 1967, CSG and the Commonwealth of Kentucky entered into an agreement that provided CSG with a headquarters building in Lexington, Kentucky. The building was dedicated on June 9, 1969. In 1993, the state financed the construction of a second building to facilitate the council's continued growth.

Some CSG services have been offered since the early years. The Book of the States, which provides comprehensive data and analysis about state governments and their operations, was first published in 1935.[4] State Government News, which later became the CSG bimonthly magazine, Capitol Ideas, was first published in 1958.[5]

The Eastern Regional Conference was established in 1937. CSG opened a Washington, D.C. office in 1938. The Midwestern Legislative Conference was established in 1945. Both the Southern Conference—now the Southern Legislative Conference—and the Western Regional Conference—now CSG West—were established in 1947. In 2006, the CSG Justice Center was formed.

The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship program, a leadership development program for state officials, was established in 1986.[6]


  • 1925 – The American Legislators' Association was established in Denver, CO
  • 1930 – The headquarters of the American Legislators' Association moved to Chicago, IL
  • 1935 – The Council of State Governments (CSG) was established
  • 1937 – The Eastern Regional Conference (ERC) was established as the eastern regional office of CSG
  • 1938 – CSG opened a Washington D.C. office
  • 1945 – The Midwestern Legislative Conference (now a part of CSG Midwest) is established as the midwestern regional office of CSG
  • 1947 – The Southern Conference (now the Southern Legislative Conference) and the Western Regional Conference (now known as CSG West) are established to support CSG's work in the southern and western regions
  • 1969 – The CSG headquarters were moved to Lexington, KY
  • 1986 – The CSG Henry Toll Fellowship, a leadership development program for state officials was established
  • 2006 – The CSG Justice Center was formed out of the ERC justice program
  • 2015 – CSG rededicates its national headquarters after a $5.5 million renovation to the original headquarters building[7]
  • 2016 – CSG changes address to 1776 Avenue of the States


Regional offices

CSG has 6 offices across the country including 4 regional offices, a federal affairs office in Washington D.C., and the headquarters office in Lexington, KY.[1]

Region Headquarters U.S. States U.S. Territories Associate Members Website
CSG West Sacramento Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Alberta, British Columbia CSG West
CSG Midwest Chicago Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario CSG Midwest
CSG South (also known as Southern Legislative Conference) Atlanta Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia CSG SLC
CSG East (also known as Eastern Regional Conference) New York City Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C. New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec CSG ERC

Justice Center

On December 3, 2006, The Council of State Governments' Governing Board voted to transform the Eastern Regional Conference's (CSG/ERC) criminal justice program into a national Justice Center. The Justice Center's Board of Directors includes state legislative leaders, judges, corrections administrators, juvenile justice agency directors, and law enforcement professionals, who together represent a cross-section of the senior-level state officials who shape criminal justice policy across the country.[2] The Justice Center is headquartered in New York City with additional offices in Austin, Seattle, Bethesda, and Washington, D.C.

Affiliate organizations

Affiliate organizations contribute specialized expertise, information, resources and issues to the overall mission of CSG. In turn, CSG offers a mechanism by which affiliates may tap into CSG's products and services, and a forum for bringing issues to a broader, collective state audience.


  • Capitol Ideas (bimonthly magazine)
  • The Current State (weekly e-newsletter)
  • The Book of the States (published annually since 1935, provides data and analyses about state governments and their operations)[9]
  • Shared State Legislation or SSL (annual volume that compiles legislation on topics of current importance to states)[10]

Presidents and Chairs

Year President State Chair State
1938 Gov. Robert L. Cochran Nebraska Sen. Thomas Vernor Smith Illinois
1939 Gov. Robert L. Cochran Nebraska Assemblyman Harold C. Ostertag New York
1940 Gov. Lloyd C. Stark Missouri Rep. Ellwood J. Turner Pennsylvania
1941 Gov. Harold E. Stassen Minnesota Sen. Edgar Brown South Carolina
1942 Gov. Harold E. Stassen Minnesota Sen. Robert C. Hendrickson New Jersey
1943 Gov. Herbert R. O'Conor Maryland Sen. Thurman A. Biddinger Indiana
1944 Gov. Leverett Saltonstall Massachusetts Sen. Grant Macfarlane Utah
1945 Gov. Herbert B. Maw Utah Sen. C. Petrus Peterson Nebraska
1946 Gov. Edward Martin Pennsylvania Rep. S. Denmead Kolb Maryland
1947 Gov. Millard F. Caldwell Florida Sen. John W. Van Ness Indiana
1948 Gov. Horace Hildreth Maine Sen. Charles H. Jenkins North Carolina
1949 Gov. William Preston Lane Jr. Maryland Sen. Burton M. Cross Maine
1950 Gov. Frank Carlson Kansas Sen. John W. Noble Missouri
1951 Gov. Frank J. Lausche Ohio Rep. Bernice T. Van der Vries[note 1] Illinois
1952 Gov. Val Peterson Nebraska Rep. J. Maynard Magruder Virginia
1953 Gov. Allan Shivers Texas Rep. Elisha T. Barrett New York
1954 Gov. Dan Thornton Colorado Sen. Stanton Hall Mississippi
1955 Gov. Robert F. Kennon Louisiana Sen. Carleton G. Howe Vermont
1956 Gov. Arthur B. Langlie Washington Sen. Robert A. Ainsworth Jr. Louisiana
1957 Gov. Thomas B. Stanley Virginia Sen. Frank E. Panzer Wisconsin
1958 Gov. William G. Stratton Illinois Sen. John W. Noble Missouri
1959 Gov. LeRoy Collins Florida Sen. Elisha T. Barrett New York
1960 Gov. J. Caleb Boggs Delaware Sen. James J. McBride California
1961 Gov. Stephen L.R. McNichols Colorado Sen. Hal Bridenbaugh Nebraska
1962 Gov. Wesley Powell New Hampshire Speaker J. D. McCarty Oklahoma
1963 Gov. Albert D. Rosellini Washington Sen. David Davis Illinois
1964 Gov. John Anderson Jr. Kansas Sen. Clarence L. Carpenter Arizona
1965 Gov. Grant Sawyer Nevada Sen. C. George DeStefano Rhode Island
1966 Gov. John H. Reed Maine Sen. Albert M. Spradling Jr. Missouri
1967 Gov. William L. Guy North Dakota Sen. Charles Welch Jr. Utah
1968 Gov. John A. Volpe Massachusetts Sen. Edward L. Marcus Connecticut
1969 Gov. Buford Ellington Tennessee Sen. Edwin C. Becker North Dakota
1970 Gov. John A. Love Colorado Sen. Charles L. Delaney Vermont
1971 Gov. Warren E. Hearnes Missouri Sen. Charles L. Delaney Vermont
1972 Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. West Virginia Speaker Ray S. Smith, Jr. Arkansas
1973 Gov. Marvin Mandel Maryland Assemblyman Charles J. Conrad California
1974 Gov. Daniel J. Evans Washington Speaker William J. Lanting Idaho
1975 Gov. Cal Rampton Utah Sen. John J. Marchi New York
1976 Gov. Robert D. Ray Iowa Sen. J. Harry Michael Jr. Virginia
1977 Gov. Reubin O'Donovan Askew Florida Speaker Pro Tem John J. Thomas Indiana
1978 Gov. William G. Milliken Michigan Speaker Bill Clayton Texas
1979 Gov. Julian M. Carroll Kentucky Speaker James J. Kennelly Connecticut
1980 Gov. Otis R. Bowen, M.D. Indiana Senate Pres. Oliver Ocasek Ohio
1981 Gov. George Busbee Georgia Rep. William Grannell Oregon
1982 Gov. Richard A. Snelling Vermont Sen. Kenneth C. Royall Jr. North Carolina
1983 Gov. Scott M. Matheson Utah Rep. Timothy J. Moynihan Connecticut
1984 Gov. James R. Thompson Illinois Rep. Roy Hausauer North Dakota
1985 Gov. Charles S. Robb Virginia Sen. James I. Gibson Nevada
1986 Gov. Robert D. Orr Indiana Rep. John E. Miller Arkansas
1987 Gov. Richard H. Bryan Nevada Sen. Hugh Farley New York
1988 Gov. James Martin North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Mary McClure South Dakota
1989 Gov. William A. O'Neill Connecticut Senate President Arnold Christensen Utah
1990 Gov. Michael N. Castle Delaware Speaker Thomas B. Murphy Georgia
1991 Gov. Terry Branstad Iowa Sen. W. Paul White Massachusetts
1992 Gov. Zell Miller Georgia Rep. John Connors Iowa
1993 Gov. Jim Edgar Illinois Sen. Jeannette Hamby Oregon
1994 Gov. Ben Nelson Nebraska Rep. Bob Hunter North Carolina
1995 Gov. Mel Carnahan Missouri Assemblyman Bob Wertz New York
1996 Gov. Mike Leavitt Utah Senate President Stan Aronoff Ohio
1997 Gov. George Pataki New York Sen. Jeff Wells Colorado
1998 Gov. Pedro Rosselló[note 2] Puerto Rico Rep. Charlie Williams Mississippi
1999 Gov. Tommy Thompson Wisconsin Sen. Kenneth McClintock[note 3] Puerto Rico
2000 Gov. Paul E. Patton Kentucky Rep. Tom Ryder Illinois
2001 Gov. Dirk Kempthorne Idaho Sen. Manny Aragón[note 4] New Mexico
2002 Gov. Parris Glendening Maryland Sen. John Chichester Virginia
2003 Gov. Mike Huckabee Arkansas Rep. Dan Bosley Massachusetts
2004 Gov. Frank Murkowski Alaska Sen. John Hottinger Minnesota
2005 Gov. Ruth Ann Minner[note 5] Delaware Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick Nevada
2006 Gov. Jim Douglas Vermont Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia
2007 Gov. Brad Henry Oklahoma Rep. Deborah Hudson Delaware
2008 Gov. M. Jodi Rell Connecticut Rep. Kim Koppelman North Dakota
2009 Gov.  Joe Manchin III West Virginia Senator Bart Davis Idaho
2010 Gov. Mike Rounds South Dakota Senate President David Williams Kentucky
2011 Gov. Brian Schweitzer Montana Rep. Robert (Bob) Godfrey Connecticut
2012 Gov. Luis Fortuño Puerto Rico Sen. Jay Emler Kansas
2013 Gov. Jay Nixon Missouri Sen. Gary Stevens Alaska
2014 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia Sen. Mark Norris Tennessee
2015 Gov. Brian Sandoval Nevada Sen. Carl Marcellino New York
2016 Gov. Jack Markell Delaware Sen. Beau McCoy Nebraska
2017 Gov. Kate Brown Oregon Sen. Kelvin Atkinson Nevada
2018 Gov. Gary Herbert Utah Senate President Robert Stivers Kentucky
2019 Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Puerto Rico Sen. Lou D'Allesandro New Hampshire
2020 Gov. Laura Kelly Kansas Rep. Joan Ballweg Wisconsin
2021 Gov. David Ige Hawaii Sen. Sam Hunt Washington

See also


  1. ^ First female Chair
  2. ^ First Hispanic President
  3. ^ First Hispanic Chair
  4. ^ Second Hispanic chair
  5. ^ First female President


  1. ^ a b "CSG Regional Offices". The Council of State Governments. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "What is the Justice Center?". The Council of State Governments. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Toll, Henry W. (HenryWolcott), 1887". Social Networks and Archival Content. Retrieved August 26, 2022.
  4. ^ "The Book of the States Archive by csg.publications Stack". Issuu. Retrieved August 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "Capitol Ideas Magazine". The Council of State Governments. Retrieved August 26, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Hopkins, Shawntaye (January–February 2016). "From Milestone to Milestone CSG Evolves From the Vision of Henry Toll" (PDF). Capitol Ideas. Kentucky: The Council of State Governments.
  7. ^ "State-funded renovation of national group's Lexington headquarters expected to help with productivity". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  8. ^ The Book of the States. Illinois: The Council of State Governments. 1937. pp. 8–13.
  9. ^ "Book of the States". CSG Knowledge Center. The Council of State Governments. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Committee on Shared State Legislation". The Council of State Governments. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
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