NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has been elected chairman of the national Council of State Governments based in Lexington, Ky.

The Collierville Republican is the first Tennessean elected to the leadership post.

Founded in 1933, the Council promotes the exchange of ideas to help state officials shape public policy as states' advocates within the federal system of government.

The bipartisan organization also has an office in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago and Sacramento.

Norris, an attorney, served as chairman of the southern region in 2010 and 2011.