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OLCC Chair Philip Lang New Head of National Liquor AssociationSalem-News.com
(SALEM) - Oregon Liquor Control Commission Chairman Philip D. Lang is new chairman of the board of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), a group of 20 state and county liquor agencies headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
NABCA provides information and resources for government officials, advocacy groups, the alcohol beverage industry, and others impacting alcohol policy. The organization represents 18 states and two counties that directly control the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages within their borders. Western members include Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
As OLCC chair for eight years, Lang, 76, has led a board of five commissioners in setting policy direction for the state agency. The former speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives was appointed by the governor.
Lang retired as vice president of the North Pacific Insurance Company/Oregon Automobile Insurance Company in 1995. He served nine terms in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1960 to 1979.
A graduate of Lewis and Clark College, Lang began his career as an Oregon State Police trooper. He was also an assistant to former Portland Mayor Terry Schrunk and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Lang has overseen the modernization of Oregon`s distilled spirits distribution and marketing systems. He`s worked with fellow commissioners, community groups, lawmakers and industry representatives to strengthen the state`s liquor laws and prevent underage drinking.
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