Doug Farquhar, J.D.
Program Director for Environmental Health
National Conference of State Legislatures
Doug Farquhar directs the program that performs legislative analysis and outreach on state and federal environmental, health and trade laws; focusing on the delegation and authorization of federal and state laws; and provides legal and technical assistance to state legislators and agency staff on state, federal and international environmental, environmental health, and trade policies. He also provides testimony before state legislative committees and task forces; reviews and comments on legislation and regulations, drafts memos, articles and books on state environmental health policies; and represents state interests before federal and international bodies.
As director of Environmental Health he works closely with federal counterparts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
Prior to coming to NCSL, Doug worked in the Texas House of Representatives and on Capitol Hill in
Leadership Development Opportunities
As the program director for Environmental Health at the National Conference of State Legislatures, and in advancing EPH policy for the past 16 years, I have had the opportunity to work with many state legislators and the EPH agency counterparts, along with federal officials and advocates seeking to promote various policies within legislatures. This EPHLI program came at a time when few resources were available to support environmental health at this organization, and the EPHLI resurrected these efforts for me.
EPHLI has given me the opportunity:
Though some of the activities did not relate to my current career position, each one offered some knowledge that I value. It has been an excellent program, and will provide the seeds for future EPH managers.