Today, U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) appointed Norma Kelsey as his delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, to be held in Washington, DC from October 23 – 26, 2005. The White House Conference on Aging occurs once a decade to make policy recommendations to the President and Congress, and to assist the public and private sectors in promoting dignity, health, independence and economic security for current and future generations of older Americans.

“I’m pleased that Ms. Kelsey has agreed to serve as the delegate to the White House Conference on Aging for the Ninth District of Washington,” said Smith. “Ms. Kelsey’s many years of advocacy work on behalf of older Americans is a testament to her enthusiasm and tenacity in ensuring equality and thoughtful public policy for everyone in our local community.”

Ms. Kelsey served for 12 years as president of her local union, Office and Professional Employees Local 8. She has served on the boards of the King County Labor Council, El Centro de la Raza and the King County Association for Retarded Citizens. She is currently a member of the board of the Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans.