Senate Approves Jane Chu to Lead NEA


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Legislative Alert: Senate Approves Jane Chu to Lead NEA
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Legislative Alert: Senate Approves Jane Chu to Lead NEA

From: Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel
Vol. 14:08
June 12, 2014

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate approved by voice vote the nomination of Dr. Jane Chu to lead the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The vote is welcome news to arts advocates, as the NEA has operated without a chair since Rocco Landesman stepped down in December 2012. With the approval of the Senate, Dr. Chu is expected to formally begin her leadership of the agency in the next few days.
Responding to the news, NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz said, “On behalf of all the state and jurisdictional arts agencies, NASAA looks forward to a collaborative and productive working relationship with Dr. Chu, and to welcoming her to the nation’s capital as the new leader of the NEA.”

NASAA plans to organize a collective welcome album from all states and jurisdictions, and will invite Dr. Chu to meet with state arts agency staff and council members at Assembly 2014 in New Orleans this fall.
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Senate Approves Jane Chu to Lead NEA

NEA Chair Nominee Approved by Senate Committee



NEA Chair Nominee Approved by Senate Committee


Vol. 14:07
May 14, 2014

This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee met to consider the nomination of Dr. Jane Chu to lead the National Endowment for the Arts. We are pleased to report that Dr. Chu’s nomination was approved by voice vote. The senior Republican on the committee, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), spoke very favorably of her nomination in advance of the vote.

The HELP Committee will now forward Dr. Chu’s name for consideration by the full Senate. Predicting when the Senate might vote on her candidacy is difficult; the timing is at the discretion of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). NASAA will continue to monitor Dr. Chu’s nomination and alert you when a Senate vote is planned.

NEA Chair Nominee Approved by Senate Committee