By Kae Warnock
Committee staffers who also drafts legislation are the policy experts for their committee and they stand at the ready to answer questions and to draft bills or committee amendments.
Meet Erica Warren, a committee staff administrator with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.
Q: What do you find enjoyable and rewarding about working in the legislature?
I love seeing a vague policy idea get debated, dissected and reorganized until a majority coalesces around a compromise version. Even after more than 15 years working for the legislative branch, I am still proud to be a part of the institution.
Q: What work are you most proud of?
Working with the election and campaign finance committee and helping elected officials and constituents understand the requirements and restrictions. Also rewriting our Code of Military Justice for the first time in 35 years.
Q: Any shoutouts to colleagues you’ve worked with?
Shoutouts to Sheila Mason, John Snyder and Judy Fritz from Kentucky. Also to Bryant Howe from Utah who was the primary presenter at my first NCSL training seminar for new legislative staff back in 1998 or 1999.
Q: How do you stay at the top of your game?
Consulting with colleagues when I have a quandary. Continual learning about new skills and topics. Attending NCSL Summits, meeting and seminars.
Kae Warnock is a policy specialist in NCSL's Legislative Staff Services Program. It 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. She also staffs the Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff (RELACS) professional association.