Legislator Recruitment | 2022-2023 NCSL President Vacancy
NCSL is seeking applications for legislators to serve in the following role:
- NCSL President (partial officer term due to a vacancy). This person will also serve on NCSL's Executive Committee.
What is an officer?
NCSL is led by four legislator officers and three legislative staff officers. The officers guide the Executive Committee in the governance of NCSL. Each year, a new vice president is selected, flipping between the two major political parties. Typically, that person ascends to the NCSL presidency over time (you would be committing for a four-year officer term). However, in 2022, the current NCSL President (Speaker Scott Bedke, Idaho) will be stepping down due to leaving the legislature. As of Dec. 1, 2022, there will be a vacancy in the NCSL Presidency. We are seeking applications to fill the remainder of this officer term (you would serve as President through August 2023 and continue to serve as an officer through August 2024).
What is the Executive Committee?
As an officer, you are part of the Executive committee. As President, you lead it. The Executive Committee serves as the governing body of the organization, providing strategic focus in terms of mission, leadership vision and policies. This includes developing and further enhancing the programs that support legislators and legislatures across the country.
NCSL is your organization. Americans are looking more and more to the states to solve problems. And as the laboratories of democracy, state legislatures deliver. You are the first to tackle tough topics.
- For President: Legislative leaders who have an interest in the governance of NCSL. This person shall be a legislative leader (NCSL Bylaws, Article VII, Section 3). We are seeking Republican candidates as the position flips R/D each year to maintain bipartisanship.
What's the process?
Legislators interested in applying must review the nominating procedures information and write a letter of declaration, which should be delivered or emailed by Sunday, January 8 at noon MT. Letters of support must be delivered by Wednesday, January 11 at noon MT. Declarations and letters of support must be addressed to NCSL 2022-2023 Presidential Vacancy, in care of Stacy Householder, NCSL, 7700 East First Place, Denver, CO 80230 or email@example.com. NCSL will acknowledge receipt and notify all members of the nominating committee.
Applicants will be interviewed at the 2023 Executive Committee meeting in Savannah, Georgia on Friday, January 13 by a nominating committee of your peers. In-person interviews are strongly encouraged, but virtual can be considered.
A letter of support from your chambers' top leader (if that isn't you) is strongly urged. Additional letters of support are also welcome.
What are the expectations if I'm selected?
President: The President serves an an officer. Officers are expected to participate in all of the Executive Committee meetings during the year. Travel costs (flight, hotel) to attend the Executive Committee meetings are the responsibility of the legislator, though NCSL will cover the cost during your year as President. There is no registration fee for legislators. Officers are also expected to participate in regular officers conference calls/email communication regarding the business of NCSL and some separate officer meetings during the year (1-2). Officers will be in close communication with NCSL's executive director.
By filling the vacancy, the President is committing to a two-year term as an officer:
- Year 1 (immediate): President. (January 2023 - August 2023)
- Year 2: President Emeritus (August 2023 - August 2024)
If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a full job description of the president of NCSL.
The Legislator Nominating Committee is tasked to nominate a president to fill the vacancy.
- Letter of Declaration: The letter of declaration must be delivered or emailed no later than noon (MT) on Sunday, Jan. 8.
- Letters of support: All letters of support must be delivered or emailed no later than noon (MT) on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Submit all letters to:
NCSL Legislator Nominating Committee
Attn: Stacy Householder
Or mail to:
National Conference of State Legislatures
7700 East First Place
Denver, CO 80230
Questions? Contact NCSL: Stacy Householder, 303-856-1352