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Cawley Appointed to NLC Policy Committee 

By Scott Mooneyham, NCLM Director of Public Affairs

Morrisville Town Council Member T.J. Cawley, who has enjoyed a history of involvement in League advocacy efforts, will be pitching in to help cities and towns at the national level in 2017. In December, Councilman Cawley was appointed to the National League of City’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee.

In that role, he will join a committee that has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control, and solid and hazardous waste management. The appointment was announced by NLC President and Cleveland Council Member Matt Zone after being endorsed by NCLM.

Councilman Cawley discussed the appointment as a natural progression.

"I am looking forward to this opportunity with the National League of Cities to continue the advocacy efforts begun at the town and state level to safeguard our natural resources and promote a sustainable energy future for our country," Councilman Cawley said.

As a member of the committee, Council Member Cawley will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, the new presidential administration and at home.

NCLM Executive Director Paul Meyer said he was more than happy to support Councilman Cawley’s appointment.

"The appointment is well-deserved, and the NLC will benefit greatly from his commitment to helping cities and towns fulfill their roles as service providers that protect and enhance the lives of residents," Meyer said. "As a member of the League’s Planning and Environment Legislative Action Committee and through his other advocacy efforts, Councilman Cawley has been a true leader who has never tired or shied away from working to make cities and town better places to live and work for North Carolinians. We know he will do that same at the national level."

In addition to his service on a League policy committee, Councilman Cawley is a well-known face at many of the League’s advocacy days and efforts, including Town Hall Day and lobby days. He has also served on the Triangle J Council of Government’s Smart Growth Committee. 

NLC operates seven policy committees that help shape the organization’s annual legislative agenda. Those positions form the basis for NLC’s advocacy on matters of interest to municipal governments before Congress, the courts and federal agencies. Committee members are appointed to one-year terms and are eligible for re-appointment.