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New NRA President Sworn in at 136th Annual MeetingJohn C. Sigler – Corporate attorney, Navy veteran and retired Police Captain

Friday, April 27, 2007

Fairfax, VA – John C. Sigler was sworn in as the National Rifle Association’s 59th President at the conclusion of NRA’s annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. 

“I am honored to assume the role of NRA President,” said Sigler.  “I am humbled by this distinction and look forward to continuing to work with NRA officers and the Board of Directors to preserve America’s first freedom.”      

A Delaware resident, Mr. Sigler has been an NRA Life Member for 30 years and a Benefactor Member since 2000.  A competitive shooter, avid hunter and long-time political activist, Mr. Sigler is active in the Friends of NRA program, the NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator Program, and Conventional Pistol and Police Combat Pistol shooting programs.  He is the chairman of the NRA Finance Committee, chairman of the Law Enforcement Assistance Committee and has served on the Executive Committee since 1997.  

As chair of the Law Enforcement Assistance Committee he worked to increase the number of officers competing in the National Police Shooting Championships and NRA police competitions.  He also focused on increasing the quantity and quality of NRA police instructor programs while bringing awareness to women’s issues as they relate to NRA police instructor training.  Sigler also worked with fellow Board members to develop and present the first National Firearms Law Seminar in Philadelphia.   
     
Mr. Sigler is the co-founder and first president of the Delaware Law Enforcement Marksmanship Association.  He actively participates in NRA Police Nationals, where he was the chief referee for five years and the Chairman of the Protest Committee in 2006.   Furthermore, he was an NRA referee at Camp Perry (pistol phase) for 11 years.  He was a member of the Dover Police Pistol Club (all NRA) and was on the Dover Police Pistol Team from 1972 to 1983.   He and his wife, Ingrid, are avid sporting clays competitors who shoot together as a team whenever their schedules permit.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Sigler served our Country from 1967 to 1971.  He completed five Polaris Deterrent Patrols in classified locations above the Arctic Circle aboard the nuclear fleet ballistic submarine U.S.S. The George Bancroft SSB(N) 643 and  later served aboard the diesel-powered conventional submarine U.S.S. Hardhead SS 365  in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic during the cold war.   He was a Charter Member of the U.S.S. Hardhead Rod & Gun Club (all NRA). Sigler continues to offer pro-bono legal counsel for the U.S.S. George Bancroft SSB(N) Association. 

Mr. Sigler was a member of the Delaware House of Representatives Child Abuse Task Force from 1998 to 2000 and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Delaware Crime Stoppers.  He retired from the Dover Police Department in 1991 as a captain and now practices law in Delaware and Maryland as corporate in-house counsel.  Mr. Sigler resides in Delaware with his wife Ingrid.  

John C. Sigler’s bio is available at http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/InTheNews.aspx?ID=5643
  
Other officers elected by the NRA Board of Directors include Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre; First Vice-President Ronald L. Schmeits and Second Vice-President David Keene.

First Vice-President Ronald Schmeits is a Nebraska native and NRA Life Member.  He sits on NRA Committees on Finance, Investment Oversight Subcommittee and Publications Policies. He is an avid sportsman and enjoys hunting and shooting for sport and recreation.  

Upon re-election Wayne LaPierre re-appointed Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of Institute for Legislative Action and Former NRA President Kayne B. Robinson Director of the General Operations Division.  

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