Connecticut Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) has been selected to serve in leadership for the nation's oldest organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government.

Boucher was recently selected to serve as parliamentarian for the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL), which was founded in 1938 and serves as the membership arm of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), at the 2011 NFWL Annual Conference, this year hosted in Des Moines, Iowa.

"I am honored that my colleagues from across the nation have selected me for this esteemed position within the foundation's leadership. I look forward to building relationships with elected women across state lines and include them in the many important programs and initiatives that the National Foundation for Women Legislators offers," Boucher said.

Through annual educational and networking events, the NFWL supports elected women from all levels of governance. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NFWL does not take ideological positions on public policy issues.

Hundreds of elected women gathered in Iowa Aug. 11 through 15 for NFWL's Annual Conference to identify effective solutions to some of the nation's most timely and pressing issues. Providing a non-partisan environment that encourages dialogue and the sharing of information and experiences, women leaders are able to build coalitions, share the concerns of their constituents, and identify out-of-the-box solutions to the most pressing issues facing their communities today.

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"We are so proud of Senator Boucher and all that she has accomplished," said Robin Read, NFWL's president and CEO. "We are looking forward to her leadership in the Foundation and I know she will make this year one of the most exciting and productive years that NFWL has seen."

Boucher begins serving in her new position immediately, and will hold this office through 2012, when the foundation hosts NFWL's Annual Conference next fall.

In the State Senate, Boucher serves as a Deputy Minority Leader. Boucher is the Senate Ranking Member of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, Education Committee and of its Higher Education Committee. She also serves as a member of the General Assembly's Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.

Boucher, who holds an MBA from UConn Business School, is the founder and former owner of a small business and a former member of corporate management for two Fortune 50 firms. Boucher also co-founded and served on the board of directors of a marketing design agency in San Diego which specializes in clients working in biogenetic, aerospace and leading edge computer applications. She is a prior recipient of the Southwest Area (Connecticut) Commerce and Industry Association's Community Leader Award.