Smith new president of National Association of Broadcasters

9/18/09: Gordon Smith, former Republican senator from Oregon, is the new  president and chief executive of the National Association of  Broadcasters. He officially joins the broadcast advocacy group-one of   the largest trade organizations in Washington-Nov.1.

Smith, 57, served in the U.S. Senate from 1996 to 2008, and sat on the  Senate Commerce Committee, among others. He was also chairman of the  Senate High Tech Task Force. Before joining NAB, he was an attorney with Covington & Burling LLP. He is known as a moderate Republican.

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