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Leadership Staff Section

The NCSL Leadership Staff Section was founded in 1975 as a professional organization for legislative staff in the fifty states who work for leaders and party caucuses. The purposes of the section are:

  • To provide a national forum for the recognition of the contributions of leadership staff to the legislative process; 
  • To enhance communication among leadership staff members in the 50 states and the insular possessions and the territories; 
  • To increase effectiveness of leadership staff; and 
  • To offer a forum for discussion of how leadership staff can better serve their leaders and their legislators.

 

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LEGISLATIVE STAFF MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

LSMI logoJuly 12-19, 2014
Application deadline: May 2

Plan to attend this unique eight-day executive management training program designed for senior staff and those on their way to such positions. Learn practical application of tools to meet increasingly complex policy and management demands confronting legislatures. Develop and enhance your management and leadership skills.

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MAKING READERS CARE ABOUT WRITING

This one-hour webinar presents the concept of issue-driven writing as a way to connect with legislative audiences. All legislative staff will benefit by learning how to use an opening hook to get readers invested in the topic, develop information based on the readers’ questions about the issue, and present that information professionally but “conversationally” in a way that’s most efficient and compelling for readers.

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THE LEGISLATURE AS A CAREER

 

An initiative from the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee is aimed at recruiting young people into legislative service. In the video at right, Matthew Lawrence, a senior policy analyst with the Oregon Senate, discusses his work. 

At www.legislative careers.org, you can learn more about the variety of roles staffers play in the legislature.

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OFFICERS | EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

tom wrightThe governing body of LSS is made up of four officers, nine directors, and voting and non-voting ex officio members. The 2013-2014 NCSL Staff Chair, Tom Wright of the Alaska House, is a member of LSS. Learn more about the Executive Committee!

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STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Each year, outstanding legislative leadership staff members are recognized by LSS for the important contributions they make to the legislative process. Congratulations to Janeen Halverson and Aurora Hauke, the 2013 recipients, who were presented with the awards in Denver in October!

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MEMBERSHIP

The Leadership Staff Section consists of persons designated as leadership staff by legislative leaders of the fifty states and the territories of the United States. Each individual state's definition of legislative leaders shall apply when determining membership. Learn more about how to get involved with LSS!

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BYLAWS

gavel LSS is governed by a set of bylaws and standing orders. Get caught up on how LSS is governed, when it meets, and how you can be involved.

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