Clark secures national appointment

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Wise County Judge J.D. Clark this week was appointed chair of the Veterans and Military Services Committee, a subgroup of the National Association of Counties (NACo) headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The group seeks county best practices and policies to promote innovative programs, services and benefits for members of the military and veterans. He applied for the leadership role in the spring and was appointed to the post by NACo President Greg Cox of Long Beach, Calif., at the organization’s recent annual conference in Nashville.

“I’d been eying that position because No. 1, I enjoy that work, and No. 2, strategically it makes sense since my Congressional representatives are in the positions they are with the armed services. We can look at how we can best plug in the people we have to have the most success working with Congress pushing for legislation,” Clark said.

Congressman Mac Thornberry is chair of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Kay Granger chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Both represent portions of Wise County.

“This is an interesting place in that both our representatives are involved in military and defense,” Clark said. “And this is a good way to keep working with them, do good work for NACo and good work for the military and our veterans.”

The committee has representation from across the nation, and they meet twice a year, in February during NACo’s legislative conference and during the group’s annual conference in July.

Clark is also vice chair of the Community Workforce and Economic Development Committee, and he just completed a two-year term as chairman of the Rural Action Caucus with NACo. He will remain a member of RAC and is starting his second year as secretary of the National Conference of Republican County Officials, also within NACo.

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