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By Angela Andrews

As NCSL’s inaugural staff week comes to a close, we hope you learned more about the diversity of legislative staff and the vital contributions staff make to America’s state legislatures.

Legislative staffers snap a selfie in front of the Arizona capitol“Staff help to preserve and maintain the ‘people’s branch of government’ and are the gatekeepers” of the legislative institution,” says Chuck Truesdell, legislative fiscal analyst with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and NCSL’s staff chair.

The task is not an easy one, especially in today’s political climate. When the day’s are long and the challenges are many, know that NCSL is YOUR organization. A place where you can find resources and networking opportunities—through both the staff professional organizations and the standing committees—to help you thrive in difficult times and pursue opportunities to hone your skills.

To all the roughly 30,000 legislative staff—in legislatures big and small, from the administrative assistants to the chief clerks, both nonpartisan and partisan staff—NCSL is here for you.

Angela Andrews is a program director in NCSL’s Legislative Staff Services Program, which provides strategic, programmatic and administrative support to the staff professional organizations of NCSL and develops training and information programs for the nation's more than 30,000 legislative staff.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.