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Aug.15, 2013

Tom Wright, Chief of Staff Alaska to Speaker Chenault, Assumes National Leadership Role for NCSL Legislative Staff

ATLANTA – Tom Wright, chief of staff to the Alaska House speaker, will become the next staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the 2013 Legislative Summit, having served as staff vice-chair in 2012-2013. NCSL, a bipartisan organization, serves the nation’s 7,383 legislators and more than 20,000 legislative staff.

“It is an honor to represent all staff from around the country as the NCSL staff chair.  I look forward to finding a means in which more staff will be able to participate in the many services NCSL offers to staff,” said Wright. “The next year will be challenging and I look forward to taking on those challenges with my colleagues on the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and the Executive Committee.”

Wright is the chief of staff for Alaska Speaker of the House Mike Chenault. As chief of staff, Wright is responsible for the communications and daily schedule for the speaker, a job he has been doing for over a decade.

NCSL is the only national organization that provides training, professional growth opportunities and information sharing for legislative staff. There are 14 staff sections and networks that sponsor meetings, training and publications. Legislative staffers also are eligible to be members of the NCSL standing committees, which address state policy issues and state-federal issues.

Wright received his bachelor of communication arts from Michigan State University and has lived in Alaska for more than three decades.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.