Treasurer Damschen recognized for outstanding service to National Association of State Treasurers

The National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) recognized Utah State Treasurer David Damschen during its annual conference this week with the Jesse M. Unruh Award for his outstanding service to the association, the profession and Utah.

Treasurer Damschen is serving as the 2019 president of NAST, a bipartisan association comprised of state treasurers and state finance officials with comparable responsibilities.

During his tenure as president, Treasurer Damschen and his fellow state treasurers have championed efforts to improve financial education in public schools throughout the county, reinstate advance refunding of tax exempt municipal bonds, enable states to help return an estimated $26 billion in matured, unredeemed U.S. Treasury savings bonds to rightful owners, improve citizen access to ABLE benefits and 529 educational savings programs and more.    

“It is an honor to accept this award, and it has been a great privilege to lead this national bipartisan association that has for decades addressed some of the country’s toughest fiscal challenges,” Treasurer Damschen said. “This year, we have made great progress addressing important issues that unite us as state treasurers, including innovative approaches to public infrastructure finance, strengthening public pension systems, improving banking regulations, helping our citizens achieve financial security, reuniting unclaimed properties with rightful owners and so much more.”

The Jesse M. Unruh Award is named for Jesse Unruh, a founding member of NAST and former California state treasurer. This distinguished award recognizes a current state treasurer’s outstanding service.

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