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Doug Farquhar, J.D.

Program Director for Environmental Health

National Conference of State Legislatures

Denver, CO 80230


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 Washington.  He received his law degree from the University of Denver, and is an adjunct professor in their graduate school of Environmental Policy and Management.

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:

  • To learn about and expand my knowledge of environmental public health, at the local, state and federal level
  • To experience emergency response programs, the pressures responders face, and the need for base level support
  • To meet peers, local officials, mentors and trainers that gave me insight into their needs, interests and pressures
  • To reaffirm EPH efforts in a transitional time in my career


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.