Nancy’s government career began as a state employee in the Dept. of Environmental Quality, where she spent 16 years in various capacities.
In 1986 she was elected President of the UPEA, and in 1988 left the DEQ to be come the chief lobbyist for the Association. In 1990, she be came its Executive Director. As the pay and benefit negotiator for all state employees, she learned the legislative budget process and the operations of state government.
In 1998, Nancy organized Sechrest Consulting. She has served two separate terms on the Highland City Planning Commission, and after running for the House in 2012, lost to Mike Kennedy (that’s a good thing).
She and her husband, Wayne, have been married for 46 years and have four children and seven (soon to be eight) grandchildren. 2021 marks her 33rd legislative session.