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By Pam Greenberg

Welcome to Kentucky signMost legislative websites understandably highlight state legislators’ biographies, rather than those of legislative staff. Staff work behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, and most seem to like it that way. But in Kentucky, legislative employees are in the spotlight.

How else would we know that among Kentucky legislative staff are an author of two international best-selling novels; a former DJ who has chatted with stars like Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others; and a current DJ known as “Lady K” at a local radio station? Or a criminal prosecutor turned education accountability watchdog?

There’s the legislative secretary who once showed a thoroughbred to Queen Elizabeth II and the digital press operator who designs and builds puppets and props for productions and themed parties.

Legislative positions of all types are highlighted: the legislative couriers who make deliveries to offices throughout the State House; the constituent services staff who work with citizens to resolve concerns; the committee analysts, proofreaders, librarians, bill drafters, managers, videographers, IT staff, public information officers, print shop employees and more.

David Byerman, director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, also recognizes them in tweets, and pointing out that they are “indispensable to the #kyleg process.”

A common theme of many of the spotlights is a passion for and dedication to the legislative process and an affection for co-workers. Reading about the employees makes you understand why.

Pam Greenberg serves as liaison to the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT).

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