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MEDIA ADVISORY: National Notary Association Awards Secretary Tennant For Legislative Reform

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - August 14, 2015







The National Notary Association Honors Secretary Tennant

With Calvin Coolidge Notary Award


Tennant’s Comprehensive Notary Reform Policies

Benefit West Virginia Residents and Businesses


WHO: The National Notary Association (NNA) is honoring West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant with its Calvin Coolidge Notary Award, which was established to celebrate public officials who advance the professionalism of notaries. NNA Vice President of Government Affairs, Bill Anderson, will present the Award to Secretary Tennant on August 25.


WHY: Secretary Tennant is receiving the Award for her efforts to comprehensively revise the state’s notary statutes and for raising the professionalism of notaries public. These changes provide West Virginia businesses, families and individuals with stronger protections for document transactions and help facilitate the state’s growing e-commerce economy.

She was instrumental in advocating for the enactment of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) and, once the Act became law, in adopting administrative rules to implement the Act. Significantly, the regulations included extensive rules on electronic notarization based on the NNA’s Model Notary Act of 2010.

“Her vision and leadership have changed the way business is done in West Virginia,” said Anderson. “Secretary Tennant recognized that West Virginia’s notaries could help drive business by making traditional paper and emerging electronic notarial acts more accessible, efficient and secure.”


WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10 a.m.


WHERE: Office of West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Building 1, Suite 157 K

Charleston, WV 25305



National Notary Association:

Kat Garcia,, O: 818.739.4009, C: 818.299.7250


West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office:

Amber Epling,, O: 304.558.6000, C: 304.951.2665