Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman was sworn in Wednesday as the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State at a conference in West Virginia.
Chapman is only the second Alabama official to hold the title in the association's 107 year history.
"I am extremely honored to be playing a leadership role as we prepare for the next presidential election cycle and address key business-related issues at the state and federal levels," said Chapman. "As secretaries of state across the country struggle to do more with less during these challenging economic times, the National Association of Secretaries of State will help them - and their constituents - weather the ups and downs of the economy by promoting the best in state government practices and fostering effective leadership."
The National Association of Secretaries of State inducted its new slate of national officers for the 2011-2012 cycle during the meeting.
Secretary Chapman will serve as president through July 2012.
Also revealed at the meeting was the announcement that former U.S. Secretary of State - an Alabama native - Condoleezza Rice has been selected as the recipient of the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for acts of political courage. Rice was nominated for the award by Chapman.
The association said Rice earned the award for her trying to "foster democratic ideals in the rebuilding of Afghanistan and Iraq" and for helping " promote stable democracies in Eastern Europe and Latin America."